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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis who attended a medical tribunal were successful in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005. (81968)

I have been asked to reply as responsibility for Social Security and Child Support appeals now falls to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs.

The requested information is not available. Details are not kept about the nature of the medical condition of people who attend appeal tribunals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to ensure that medical tribunals for individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis who are housebound are held in a location convenient for the claimant. (81969)

I am answering this question as responsibility for social security and child support appeals now falls to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs.

Social security and child support appeals are heard at a network of around 130 venues throughout Great Britain. Where a party to the proceedings wishes to attend an oral hearing but is unable to travel due to a medical condition, a legally qualified panel member may agree that the hearing can be held at an alternative suitable location, including the person’s home.