§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many persons under pensionable age were receiving incapacity benefit(a) at the latest date for which figures are available and (b) in April 1995. 
§ Mr. Denham
The information is set out in the table.
Number of people under pension Number of people under pension age in receipt of Incapacity age in receipt of Incapacity Benefit on 12 April 1995 Benefit on 30 November 1997 1,594,800 1,561,580
Note:The April 1995 figure is from a 1 per cent. sample of claimants, the 1997 figure is taken from a 5 per cent. sample of the INCAP computer system and excludes a small number of cases held clerically.