§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 6 May 2003,Official Report, column 552W, on invalid care allowance, if he will estimate in how many of the successful claims in each quarter by people over state pension age payment was not made because of the operation of the overlapping benefits regulations. 
§ Maria Eagle
The available information is in the table.
Carers Allowance: number of successful claims made by people over state pensions age in Great Britain where the allowance was not in payment because of the overlapping benefit regulations at the end of each quarter from June 2001 to December 2002 Quarter to end of Successful claims not in payment September 2001 885 December 2001 770 March 2002 870 June 2002 860 September 2002 4,295 December 2002 12,440
100 per cent. Data from the CA Computer System (CACS) supplied by Information and Analysis Directorate. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.