§ Mr. Rooney
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will estimate the percentage of claimants of(a) SSP and (b) the lower rate of short-term incapacity benefit who go on to receive (i) the higher rate of short-term incapacity benefit and (ii) long-term incapacity benefit. 
§ Mr. Denham
Information is not available on the proportion of total SSP recipients who subsequently move onto the short-term higher rate of incapacity benefit and then long-term incapacity benefit. Around 35 per cent. of short-term lower rate cases move onto the short-term higher rate and around 15 per cent. subsequently move onto the long-term rate1.
Source:DSS 1 per cent. sample of recipients in Great Britain.