§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of pensioners are owner occupiers and have paid off their mortgage.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The latest figures available show that in 1988, 50 per cent. of pensioners were owner occupiers, of whom 46 per cent. owned their homes outright. This compares well with 1979, when only 38 per cent. owned their homes outright.