§ Ms Corston
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 28 January,Official Report, column 190, how many recipients of council tax benefit were (a) retirement pensioners and (b) retirement pensioners also receiving income support; what estimates he has made of the numbers of retirement pensioners drawing council tax benefit who are eligible for, but not claiming income support in (i) Great Britain, (ii) the United Kingdom and (iii) Bristol, East. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.248W
Number of council tax benefit recipients in receipt of the state retirement pension for Great Britain as at the end of May 1995. Number of recipients (000s) All recipients of council tax benefit and retirement pension. 2,431 All recipients of council tax benefit, retirement pension and income support. 1,100 Estimated recipients of council tax benefit and retirement pension, eligible for but not claiming income support 260
Notes: 1. The information applies only to Great Britain.
2. Information on Bristol East is not available.
3. The first two figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand. The estimated figure has been rounded to the nearest 10,000.
4. Figures refer to benefit units which may be a single person or a couple.
1. Housing benefit management information system annual 1 per cent. sample enquiry of housing benefit recipients with and without income support for Great Britain taken at the end of May 1995.
For information on Northern Ireland I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. and Learned Friend, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.