§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2004,Official Report, column 447W, on pensioners' benefits, how many people are projected to be on (a) disability and (b) carer's benefits in the years shown in the answer. 
§ Maria Eagle
The information requested is in the table.
Number of pensioners (historical and projected) in receipt of
disability and carer's benefits for selected years
Thousand Disability benefits 1 Carer's benefits.2 1997–98 1,738 19 2002–03 2,026 19 2010–11 2,487 46 2020–21 2,967 54 2030–31 3,561 62 2040–41 3,879 66 2050–51 4,022 68 1 Disability living allowance and attendance allowance. 2Invalid care allowance/ carer's allowance. Notes: 1. Numbers are based on estimates from the 5 per cent. Quarterly Statistical Enquiry and therefore subject to some sampling variation. 2. Projected numbers are consistent with the long term projections of benefit expenditure as published in the HM Treasury publication "Long-Term Public Finance Report: Fiscal Sustainability with an ageing population" at the pre-Budget report 2003. 3. Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.