HC Deb 03 December 1973 vol 865 cc313-4W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many retirement pensioners benefit from the meals on wheels service ; and how many of them receive the service seven days a week.

Sir K. Joseph

The figures available do not differentiate between retirement pensioners and others in receipt of the meals on wheels service, but it is known that the vast majority of recipients are elderly people.

In a sample week in November 1972 a total of 135,564 people in England benefited from the service, and 2,343 of these received the service on seven days.