§ Ms Jenny Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people were receiving severe disablement allowance in(a) the UK and (b) the West Midlands on 31 March. 
§ Mr. Bayley
Information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table. Figures for 31 March 1999 are not yet available.
Severe disablement allowance recipients 31 August 1998 United Kingdom 385,412 Northern Ireland 15,612 Great Britain 369,800 West Midlands 31,840
Both systems exclude a small number of cases held clerically.
Northern Ireland: 100 per cent. sample of the Benefit computer system.
Great Britain and West Midlands: 5 per cent. sample of the benefit computer system.