§ Mrs. Lait
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he stopped paying attendance allowance
Value of total overpayments recorded and recovered from 1997£98 to 2001£02 £ million Financial year 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 Value of new recoverable overpayments 327 387 313 357 310 Value of recoveries 122 169 184 177 188
Data is based on recoveries shown on the Overpayments Recovery System and the Overpayment Recovery Computer System.
Recoveries do not necessarily relate to overpayments identified in the same year.
Programme Accounting Computer System and Financial and Management Information System.
§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
The available information is in the tables. Figures for Northern Ireland are not included, as social security matters in Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
People claiming incapacity benefit at the dates shown England Scotland Wales 31 March 1997 1,837,100 298,500 206,200 31 March 1998 1,805,200 2.89,700 197,400 31 March 1999 1,778,700 280,600 190,900 31 March 2000 1,762,100 279,600 186,800
to people in Scotland who are receiving free personal care for the elderly; and how many people in Scotland are receiving attendance allowance. 
§ Maria Eagle
Free personal care was introduced in Scotland from 1 July 2002. Attendance allowance continues to be payable to care home residents in Scotland who meet the costs of their accommodation without help from public funds. Those who do receive help from public funds are not eligible to receive attendance allowance.
The latest available information is that 129,800 people in Scotland were receiving attendance allowance at 31 May 2002. This figure is based on a 5 per cent. sample of cases, rounded to the nearest hundred.