§ Mr. Churchill
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many retirement pensioners qualify for the additional payments available to those aged 80 years and over; and what percentage this represents of the overall total of retirement pensioners.
§ Miss Widdecombe
At September 1992 (the latest date in respect of which figures are available) 2,241,040, or 21.8 per cent. of, retirement pensioners were aged 80 or over and therefore qualified for an age addition of £0.25 to their pension.
Note: The term "retirement pensioner" includes those receiving non-contributory retirement pension and/or graduated retirement benefit only and pensioners residing overseas.