To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what discussions he has had with the BMA concerning possible changes to the rules governing eligibility for invalidity benefit.
No discussions have taken place. We will consult fully on proposals for changing invalidity benefit if and when such proposals are developed.
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people in receipt of invalidity benefit prior to April 1992 have since been disqualified on medical grounds.
The information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what consultation with clients and social services is undertaken before any invalidity payment is stopped.
Decisions about entitlement to benefit are made by independent adjudication officers. It is for them to decide what consultation may be necessary in reaching a decision.