§ Jeff Ennis
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the war pensioners, suffering from a wholly psychiatric illness, who lost incapacity benefit during the three years to 31 August 2002 appealed against the ending of their benefit; how many lost their appeal; and what the average change in net annual income was for each individual affected. 
§ Mr. Browne
I have been asked to reply.117W
The number of people receiving a War Pension because of a psychiatric disorder, whose claims to incapacity benefit ceased and who subsequently appealed was nil or negligible in each of the last three years.
The available information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) claims ceasing for recipients also claiming
War Pension because of a psychiatric disorder, and the average
amount of IB in payment at the date that the claims ceased
IB claims ceasing for recipients also claiming War Pension because of a psychiatric disorder Average amount of IB payable at the date that the claims ceased (£) 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2000 200 63.13 1 September 2000 to 31 August 2001 100 72.17 1 September 2001 to 31 August 2002 100 72.63
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Figures are based on a very few sample cases and are therefore subject to a high degree of sampling error and should be used as a guide to the current situation only.
3. Figures exclude IB claims ceasing due to award of Retirement Pension.
Merges of 5 per cent. samples of the Incapacity Benefit and War Pensions computer systems.