§ Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out tables in the Official Report 118W showing which 10, or nearest convenient number, of local authority areas or health districts have the largest percentage of people of retirement age.
§ Mr. John Patten
The percentage of people of retirement age in each local authority district of Great Britain was recently published in table 3 of "Census 1981, Key Statistics for Local Authorities" (HMSO), a copy of which is in the Library. The 10 local authority areas with the largest percentages in the 1981 census were as follows:
Local authority area Percentage of population of retirement age* and over Rother 35 Worthing 35 Eastbourne 34 Christchurch 32 Arun 32 Hove 31 East Devon 31 Tendring 30 West Somerset 30 Bournemouth 30 * Age 60 for women and 65 for men.