§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry) on 20 May 2003,Official Report, columns 749–50W, on incapacity benefits, how many people claimed both incapacity benefit and income support in each year since 1995. 
§ Mr. Browne
The information is in the table.
People claiming incapacity benefit (IB) who are also in receipt of income support (IS) As at 30 November Number 1995 768,900 1996 794,400 1997 864,800 1998 872,800 1999 911,500 2000 970,300 2001 1,013,800 2002 1,057,100
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and are subject to a degree of sampling variation.
2. Figure includes cases where people are claiming incapacity benefit but receiving national insurance credits only.
Figures are based on 5 per cent. samples of the incapacity benefit and income support computer systems, and exclude a small number of cases held clerically.