§ Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of invalidity benefit and the number of recipients in the last 12 months.
§ Mr. Rossi
A total of 880,000 people received invalidity benefit at some time during the course of the year ending 2 June 1979, the latest year for which information is available. Expenditure on the benefit during the financial years ending March 1979 and March 1980 was £847 million and £995 million respectively.