§ 28. Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the estimated cost to his Department of sending telegrams to centenarians over the past year; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Heald
This Department arranges for telemessages to be sent to residents of Great Britain on their 100th birthday, at 105 and yearly thereafter. In 1995, a 135W total of 3,025 such messages were issued at an estimated cost of £74,900, most of which arose from visits by Benefits Agency staff prior to the issue of the messages.