§ Mr. Wilshire
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are claiming(a) disability benefit and (b) lone parent benefit in Spelthorne. 
§ Mr. Denham
The administration of Disability Benefits and Lone Parents Benefits is a matter for Peter Mathison, Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. David Wilshire, dated 13 January 1998:The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people are claiming (a) disability benefit and (b) lone parent benefit in Spelthorne.Information is not available for all relevant benefits in the format requested.The number of people in receipt of Attendance Allowance (AA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disablement Benefit (SDA) is set out below—
- AA: 1,300
- DLA: 1,900
- IB: 1,900
- SDA: 600The figures are based on a 5% extract of the caseload at the end of August 1997 rounded to the nearest hundred.The information for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) is not available in the format requested. The nearest breakdown is for the South East. The number in receipt of IIDB for that area is 3,000. This figure is based on a 10 per cent. extract of the caseload at the end of March 1996 rounded to the nearest hundred.The information for lone parent benefits could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.I hope you find this reply helpful.