HC Deb 24 July 1979 vol 971 cc210-1W
Mr. Thornton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were over 65 years, at the recent most convenient date, in (a) the whole of England and Wales, (b) the metropolitan areas, including the Greater London Council, and (c) Merseyside; and what was the corresponding figure in each case at five and 10 years previously, or the nearest available information to this.

Thousands of persons
Area Mid 1967 Mid 1972 Mid 1977
England and Wales 6,066 6,644 7,145
Metropolitan counties and Greater London:
Total 2,503 2,683
Merseyside 210 219
Conurbations* and Greater London:
Total 1,984 2,084
Merseyside 153 159
* These were defined in terms of pre-1974 local authorities.
† Means not available.