HC Deb 24 July 1996 vol 282 cc560-1W

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list as a proportion of all pensioners those(a) pensioners, (b) single male pensioners aged under 75 years, (c) single female pensioners aged under 75 years, (d) single pensioners aged under 75 years, (e) pensioner couples aged under 75 years, (f) single male pensioners aged 75 years and over, (g) single female pensioners aged 75 years and over, (h) single pensioners aged 75 years and over and (i) pensioner couples where at least one partner is aged 75 years and over receiving income from savings; and if he will provide figures for the mean and median amount received for the latest year for which figures are available. [36258]

The information is in the table.

 Proportion with investment income (per cent.) Mean amount for those in receipt (£ per week) Median amount for those in receipt (£ per week) All pensioner units 73 37.40 8.70 Single male pensioners under 75 65 51.00 15.80 Single female pensioners under 75 70 29.40 5.90 Single pensioners under 75 69 33.90 7.40 Pensioner couples with head under75 83 52.80 15.90 Single male pensioners 75 and over 73 38.10 6.50 Single female pensioners 75 and over 65 18.50 3.60

 Proportion with investment income(per cent.) Mean amount for those in receipt(£ per week) Medianamount forthose in receipt(£ per week) Single pensioners 75 and over 67 22.60 4.40 Pensioner couples with head over 75 80 42.70 11.30

Notes:

1. These results are based on a relatively small sample size. Therefore they should be treated with a higher degree of caution than usual.

2. All amounts are in July 1993 prices.

3. Proportions are rounded to the nearest whole percentage, amounts are rounded to the nearest l0p.

4. A pensioner unit is defined as a single pensioner over State Pension Age (SPA) and a couple where the husband, or head, is over SPA. To provide consistency the age of the head has been used to define the age of the couple.

Source:

Information is based on the Family Expenditure Survey 1993.