HC Deb 24 February 1998 vol 307 c208W
Mr. Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many women over the age of 60 years are solely reliant on half state pensions. [27251]

Mr. Denham

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is as follows.

Of those women receiving the basic State pension at 30 September 1997, 0.7 million received £31.23 or less per week (that is half the basic State pension of £62.45 per week). A further 2.2 million women received a basic Retirement Pension of £37.35 (equivalent to the married women's rate) or less per week.