asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what contact she has had with the Attendance Allowance Board about the board's procedure; what action she has taken as a result; and if she will make a statement.
The Attendance Allowance Board has been examining its procedures at my request. In January it began an experimental review procedure in two of my Department's regions, which gives a claimant who has applied for re- view the opportunity to be examined in his own home by two doctors who will adjudicate on the case. The claimant can invite anyone, including his general practitioner, to be present in order to assist. The two doctors subsequently notify their decision, with reasons, to the claimant. The board will be evaluating this experimental procedure later in the year.