§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have claimed the higher rate of disability living allowance(a) this year and (b) in each of the last three years. 
Number of people receiving the highest rates of DLA at 31 May each year. DLA recipients 1996 1997 1998 1999 Highest rate of care component (alone or with lower rate of mobility component) 85,300 98,500 107,000 109,200 Higher rate of mobility Component (alone or with middle or lowest rate of care component) 974,800 1,032,400 1,061,500 1,069,600 Highest rate of care component and higher rate of mobility component 235,900 260,900 274,900 282,700
Analytical Services Division; 5 per cent. data.