To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people with a visual impairment are receiving (a) the lower rate and (b) the higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance; 
(2) how many people with a visual impairment have received the (a) lower rate and (b) higher rate of the mobility component of the disability living allowance in the last 12 months. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people received the mobility component of disability living allowance (i) at the higher rate and (ii) at the lower rate in each year since 1997. 
It is not possible to breakdown the available data into blind and partially sighted people.
The available information is in the table.
Disability Living Allowance claimants with a main disabling condition of blindness: Great Britain
As at February each year
Higher rate mobility component
Lower rate mobility component
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
2. Totals show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.
3. Where the claimant is eligible for both care and mobility components, the disabling condition associated with the mobility component is shown here. Where more than one disability is present only the main disabling condition is recorded.
4. A diagnosed medical condition does not mean that someone is automatically entitled to Disability Living Allowance. Entitlement is dependent on an assessment of how much help someone needs with personal care and/or mobility because of their disability. These statistics are collected only for administrative purposes.
5. Caseload figures are given as at February for each year.
6. Figures are published on the Nomis website at www.nomisweb.co.uk. Source:
DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample.
Although the preferred data source for benefit statistics is 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study, the 5 per cent. sample data has been used in this case because it provides some detail not yet available from the 100 per cent. data sources, in particular, more complete information on the disabling condition of Disability Living Allowance claimants.