§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the average length of time is that people spend on Incapacity Benefit. 
§ Mr. Bayley
[holding answer 9 April 2001]: The average duration of Incapacity Benefit for claims which terminated in the period 1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999 is 1,027 days. If people who leave Incapacity Benefit for retirement pension are excluded, the average duration is 500 days.
Figures are taken from a 1 per cent. sample of claimants.