Questions in the House of Lord from Our Patron the Countess of Mar

Lord Freud, the Department for Work and Pensions, provided the following answer to the Countess’s written parliamentary question (HL2998):

Question:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claimants for Employment Support Allowance who have degenerative conditions for which there is no possibility of improvement have been placed in the Work-Related Activity Group; how many have found employment; how many have had their benefits reduced for failing to find employment; whether the position of those claimants will be reviewed; and, if so, when. (HL2998)

Tabled on: 19 November 2014

Answer:

Lord Freud:

The information as requested is not available.

Date and time of answer: 27 Nov 2014 at 12:30.

Earl Howe, the Department of Health, provided the following answer to the Countesses written parliamentary question (HL3000):

Question:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they do not record the numbers of people who are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, given that current estimates are based on extrapolations from other countries. (HL3000)

Tabled on: 19 November 2014

Answer:

Earl Howe:

With the exception of cancer, there is no comprehensive central record of disease diagnosis for any condition. In 2007, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence produced the clinical guidance, Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): Diagnosis and management of CFS/ME in adults and children which estimates that the annual prevalence is approximately 4000 cases per million of the population.

Date and time of answer: 27 Nov 2014 at 12:42.

The answers are published on the Parliament website and can be view here: http://www.parliament.uk/writtenanswers

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