HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 cc134-5W
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. [24698]

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 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.

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