HC Deb 17 April 2002 vol 383 c1004W
Mr. Boswell

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to harmonise and disseminate national definitions of disability for statistical and policy purposes. [48815]

Maria Eagle

Different definitions of disability and conditions of entitlement are in use within UK legislation and for relevant schemes and services. There are no plans to seek to harmonise these because they serve different purposes and reflect the fact that disability affects people in many different ways and to greatly differing degrees.