§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her answer of 17 March 1998,Official Report, column 530, on social security appeals, what is the average waiting time from the date the appeal is lodged for an appeal to be dealt with by the ITS; and how many appeals have currently been waiting for more than three months to be heard. 
§ Mr. Denham
The Independent Tribunal Service (ITS) report that the current average waiting-time for an appeal to a Social Security Appeal Tribunal to be dealt with is approximately 28 weeks.
ITS advise that statistics are not currently available for the number of appeals that have been waiting for more than three months to be heard.