§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to(a) commission and (b) undertake research into the impact of incapacity benefit. 
§ Mr. Burt
A programme of external research and in-house studies is already in place to help assess whether incapacity benefit is meeting its objectives. These are to target help on people whose medical condition makes them incapable of work and to provide help in getting them back to work through arrangements that are simple to understand and fair.