Benefit Rates

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd February 2005.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 773W, on benefit rates, if he will make it his policy to collect figures for the number of people in hospital for more than a year living on the weekly benefit rate of £15.90 who suffer from mental ill-health.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

We have no plans to collect information on hospital in-patients by type of illness because it is not relevant to the adjustment of their benefits.

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