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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49 and (iv) 50 to 59 years claiming
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incapacity benefit; and what estimate he has made of the number of males aged 60 to 65 years claiming incapacity benefit. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
|Total caseload (aged 16 to 65)||2,784,000||1,166,000||1,617,900|
|All aged 18 to 65||2,749,700||1,142,100||1,607,500|
|18 to 29||316,000||139,400||176,700|
|30 to 39||486,000||205,000||281,000|
|40 to 49||667,000||314,800||352,200|
|50 to 59||944,400||466,900||477,500|
|60 to 65||336,300||16,100||320,200|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals who would otherwise qualify for incapacity benefit are affected by (a) whole and (b) partial withdrawal of benefit owing to their receipt of an occupational pension; and what the total annual benefit foregone from this clawback was in each of the last five years. 
Mrs. McGuire: No information is available on the number of incapacity benefit claimants whose entitlement is reduced to nil by virtue of the amount of their occupational pension.
The information on the numbers and total estimated annual incapacity benefit foregone for those with reduced entitlement by virtue of the amount of their occupational pension is in the table.
|Annual incapacity benefit foregone|
(£ millions, 200506 prices)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women
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in receipt of incapacity benefit owing to mental health conditions are aged (i) 20 to 29, (ii) 30 to 40, (iii) 41 to 49, (iv) 50 to 60 and (v) 61 to 65 years. 
Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the table.
|20 to 29||168,500||95,700||72,800|
|30 to 40||289,000||172,000||117,000|
|41 to 49||261,600||137,600||123,900|
|50 to 60||293,400||146,900||146,600|
|61 to 65||46,300||43,000||3,400|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit attended face-to-face medical examinations pursuant to (a) an initial own occupation test and (b) an initial personal capability assessment in each of the last three years; and how many claims were terminated as a result. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the form requested.
The total number of claimants of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance who were medically examined is shown in the following table.
|September to August each year:||Examinations|
The number of allowance and disallowance decisions given to applicants for incapacity benefit after referral to medical services, including cases where a medical examination was necessary to make a decision, are shown in the following table.
|Total IB disallowed||Disallowed on personal capability assessment||Disallowed on own occupation test||Allowed after referral to medical services|
|1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003||181,680||172,570||9,110||700,305|
|1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004||188,740||180,735||8,005||634,760|
|1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005||181,995||175,090||6,905||594,335|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many face-to-face medical examinations have been conducted in each of the last three years in relation to claimants who have been in receipt of incapacity benefit for (a) 0 to six months, (b) six to12 months, (c) 12 to 24 months, (d) 24 to 36 months, (e) 36 to 48 months, (f) 48 to 56 months and (g) over 56 months; and how many resulted in the termination of a claim. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the form requested. Details of the number of claims which were terminated following application of the Own Occupation Test or the Personal Capability Assessment, by duration of their incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance claim, are set out in the following table.
|Total||Up to six||Six to 12||12 to 24||24 to 36||36 to 48||48 to 56||Over 56|
|1 September 2002 to 31 August 2003||102.6||25.3||31.2||17.1||10.3||5.8||2.8||10.1|
|1 September 2003 to 31 August 2004||102.0||22.9||35.5||14.3||10.2||6.4||2.8||9.8|
|1 September 2004 to 31 August 2005||110.7||22.0||37.1||16.2||12.0||7.0||3.5||12.9|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many current incapacity benefit claimants will have reached the aged of 65 years by 31 September 2018. 
Mrs. McGuire: The estimated number of those currently claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance who will have reached the age of 65 years by 31 September 2018 is 1,153,700.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be transferred from incapacity benefit to pensions in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: We estimate the number of incapacity benefit claimants (both payment and credits-only cases) that will transfer from claiming incapacity benefit to receiving retirement pension in each of the next 10 years is 60,000.
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