§ Sir Andrew Bowden
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the percentage and number of one adult pensioner households who are mainly dependent on state pensions and benefits. 
§ Mr. Heald
It is estimated that there are 2.5 million one adult pensioner households who are 'mainly dependent on state benefits. This represents 74 per cent. of the total population of one adult pensioner households.
Source:Family Expenditure Survey", 1990–91 and 1992. Census figures for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 19911Figures represent those whose income comprises 50 per cent. or more of state benefits.