HC Deb 19 February 1982 vol 18 cc245-6W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many pensioners have not yet received their Christmas bonus; and when he expects these payments to be made.

Mr. Rossi

Some 10.4 million beneficiaries are entitled to the Christmas bonus, and the Department is now investigating a little under 8,000 cases where an eligible beneficiary has claimed not to have received the bonus. These cases are being cleared as quickly as possible over the next few weeks.