§ Dr. Hendron
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are presently being taken110Wclaims were disallowed solely on incapacity grounds. Not included in this figure are claims disallowed for other reasons such as insufficient contributions or late claims.You also wished to know how many cases which were disallowed have been listed for appeal hearing by the Independent Tribunal Service. I can advise you that a total of 1832 Incapacity Benefit appeals have been received for the period 13 April 1995 to 31 March 1996. To date 841 have been cleared, 311 of which were allowed by the Appeal Tribunal. Of the remaining 991, 247 are with the Independent Tribunal Service for hearing and 744 are being prepared by the Agency.I hope this explains the position for you but I would be happy to provide you with any further information you require.