§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of a 1991 Christmas bonus for pensioners at(a) £10.00 per pensioner, (b) £15.00 per pensioner and (c) £20.00 per pensioner.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The estimated cost of paying the pensioners' Christmas bonus in 1991–92 is approximately £114 million. If the payment was increased to £15 per pensioner, the cost would be about £171 million; if the payment was increased to £20 per pensioner, the cost would be £228 million.