§ Valerie Davey
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome applied for disability living allowance in 2001; how many were(a) successful in their application and (b) refused; and how many of those who were refused were later awarded disability living allowance on appeal. 
§ Maria Eagle
The information requested is not available but such information we can give is shown in the table:
Number of new recipients of Disability Living Allowance with main disabling condition as learning difficulties or severely mentally impaired between November 2000 and November 2001 Thousands Learning Difficulties Severely mentally impaired Great Britain 13.7 0.1*
1. Figures are in thousands and rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Figures marked* are under 500 and therefore are subject to a high degree of sampling variation and should only be used as a guide to the current situation.646W
3. We do not have autism listed as a disability, therefore, figures for people with Kanner type autism are most likely to be classed under severely mentally impaired, and people with Asperger's Syndrome could be classified under learning difficulties, although these figures will also include other people.
4. New recipients figures are people in receipt of DLA at November 2001 but not November 2000, there will be a small additional number of new recipients in the year to November 2001 whose DLA award had ceased before 30 November 2001. Therefore, they will not have been present on either our November 2000 or 2001 extract.
Figures taken from the AA/DLA computer system as at 30 November each year sample.