HC Deb 22 February 1999 vol 326 c157W
Mr. Berry

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what amounts in his Department's budget for 1998–99 can be attributed to spending on disabled people; and what proportion this represents of total departmental spending. [71288]

Mr. Bayley

Expenditure on those people with a long term illness or disability is estimated to be £24.8 billion in 1998–99. This represents approximately 25 per cent. of total Social Security expenditure.