§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in the York and North Yorkshire area in(a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001. 
§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
The available information is in the table.
Number of people claiming incapacity benefit in York and North Yorkshire local authority areas York North Yorkshire1 31 August 1997 4,700 14,300 31 August 1999 4,500 14,000 31 August 2000 4,800 13,900 31 August 2001 4,800 14,700 1 North Yorkshire includes Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
Figures are taken from a 5 per cent. sample of the incapacity benefit computer system and exclude a small number of cases held clerically.