§ Dr. Mawhinney
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the increase in the number of people over the age of 65 years in each of the years 1984, 1986 and 1988.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The number of people over the age of 65 years in the home population of England and Wales in mid 1981 was 7,572,000. The most recent population projections show the corresponding numbers for 1984, 1986 and 1988 to be 7,546,000, 7,819,000 and 7,962,000 respectively. Further information about these projections, together with the assumptions on which they are based is summarised in the OPCS Population Monitor, reference PP2 83/1 published on 8 March 1983.