§ Audrey Wise
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people with multiple sclerosis are claiming(a) the long-term rate of incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance. 
§ Mr. Bayley
At 31 August 1998 19,720 people with a main diagnosis of multiple sclerosis were receiving the long-term rate of Incapacity Benefit, and 9,780 were receiving Severe Disablement Allowance.
DSS—5 per cent. computer sample, excludes a small number of cases not on the system.