§ Mr. David Shaw
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what information he has on the acquisition and ownership of consumer goods by pensioners for(a) 1979 and (b) the most recent year for which information is available, in respect of personal computers, typewriters, and word processors.
§ Miss Widdecombe
It is estimated that in 1991, the latest year for which information is available, 1.3 per cent. of retired households1 had a home computer2. This information is not available for 1979. No information on ownership of typewriters is available.
Notes:1retired households consist of single retired adults or households with one man and one woman where the head of household is retired.2the term "home computer" covers personal computers and word processors.