HC Deb 10 March 1998 vol 308 cc175-6W
Mr. Wills

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what research her Department has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the health of incapacity benefit claimants; [29780]

(2) what records her Department maintains in respect of incapacity benefit claimants by reference to (a) the type of illness or disability of the claimant and (b) the type of functional incapacity on which their claim is based, other than those set out in the 1997 Social Security Statistics. [29779]

Mr. Denham

We routinely collect information on the medical conditions suffered by Incapacity Benefit claimants and these are summarised in the "Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance Quarterly Summary of Statistics", copies of which are available in the Library. In addition, information on the health and functional capacity of former Incapacity Benefit recipients will be available in the survey of those no longer receiving Incapacity Benefit due to be published in the Summer in the Department's Research Report Series.

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