HC Deb 16 May 1994 vol 243 c357W
Mr. Harry Greenway

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many telegrams he sent to(a) male and (b) female centenarians in the past year and five, 10 and 16 years ago; what was the cost to public funds in each of those years at current prices; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hague

The information requested is not available. Such information as is available is as follows:

Number of telegrams sent to centenarians
1988 1993
Male 238 311
Female 1,904 2,589

The approximate cost of each telegram, exclusive of staff time, is currently £2.65.