§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his reply of 11 February,Official Report, columns 499–500, concerning children in families in receipt of invalidity benefit, what is the earliest year for which such information is available.
§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will ensure that any appellants against having their invalidity benefit terminated should, if they so wish, 45W be entitled to a professional advocate to speak on their behalf at any hearing, without the cost of such representation falling on the appellants or their families.
§ Mr. Scott
Appeals against decisions on invalidity benefit are heard by a social security appeal tribunal. The hearings are intended to be informal, with the tribunal and the presenting officer assisting the appellant to make his or her case. In these circumstances the provision of an advocate would be inappropriate.