§ Mr. Malcolm MacMillan
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many persons are being interviewed in the sample check to ensure that those in need are receiving the aid to which they are entitled in each of the islands of Barra and Vatersay, South Uist and Eriskay, Benbecula, North Uist and Grimsay, Harris and Berneray, and the Isle of Lewis, respectively.
§ Mr. Pentland
Out of some 10,000 pensioners in the sample taken from the six million retirement pensioners in Great Britain, about one thousand were in Scotland. It is known that four of these were in the Outer Hebrides but their distribution between the islands is not readily available. My hon. Friend will appreciate that the inquiry investigated the circumstances of pensioners as a whole, and does not aim to differentiate between particular places.