Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th November 1997.

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Photo of Bob Blizzard Bob Blizzard Labour, Waveney 12:00 am, 17th November 1997

I thank my hon. Friend for his reply. Does he agree that the social security benefits system inherited from the last Government is in crisis? Does he further agree that the sheer number of people who depend on benefits and the harshness of the regime introduced by the last Government are resulting in too many appeals, long waits and the clogging up of the independent tribunals service?

In particular, will my hon. Friend examine the disability living allowance? Because of the 32-page all-work test and the frequent consequent reduction in benefits, many disabled people are making appeals, and both they and their carers resent the long wait that they are having to undergo.

Finally, when is the review of the disability living allowance likely to be completed?