HC Deb 03 June 1985 vol 80 cc99-100W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the 20 areas in England and Wales with the highest incidence of elderly people in the population.

Mr. John Patten

The required information is shown in the table.

Percentage of resident population of pensionable age*: 30 June 1983
Local Authority Percentage
Worthing (West Sussex) 35
Rother (East Sussex) 35
Eastbourne (East Sussex) 33
Christchurch (Dorset) 32
West Somerset 32
Tendring (Essex) 32
Arun (West Sussex) 31
East Devon 31
Local Authority Percentage
Bournemouth (Dorset) 30
Hove (East Sussex) 30
South Wight (Isle of Wight) 30
Torbay (Devon) 30
Thanet (Kent) 28
Colwyn (Clwyd) 28
Teignbridge (Devon) 27
Rhuddlan (Clwyd) 27
Hastings (East Sussex) 26
Wealden (East Sussex) 26
North Norfolk 26
Aberconwy (Gwynedd) 26
England and Wales 18
* Males aged 65 and over, females aged 60 and over.

Source:OPCS Monitor PP1 84/4.

Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of health expenditure was accounted for by people over the age of 65rs and (b) 75 years in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. John Patten

The Department makes estimates of hospital and community health services and family practitioner services expenditure by broad age groups which differ slightly from the breakdown requested. The estimated percentage of total expenditure on these services spent on people aged 65 and over, and those aged 75 and over, for each of the years 1978–79 to 1982–83 is in the table. Estimates for 1983–84 are not yet ready; comparable information for earlier years is not readily available.

Estimated percentage of HCHs and FPS expenditure on people aged
(a) 65 and over per cent (b) 75 and over per cent
1978–79 39 23
1979–80 41 24
1980–81 42 25
1981–82 42 25
1982–83 42 26