HC Deb 11 June 1985 vol 80 cc425-6W
2001. Rev. Martin Smyth

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his latest estimate for expenditure on state pensions in Northern Ireland and the likely recipients in (a) 1991, (b) 1996 and (c)

Mr. Chris Patten

The latest estimate of annual expenditure on contributory retirement pensions in Northern Ireland is £351.5 million and the estimated numbers of recipients are as follows:

1991 211,900
1996 211,900
2001 212,800