HC Deb 10 July 2000 vol 353 c420W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners in the Christchurch constituency will be eligible to receive free television licences from November. [125967]

Mr. Chris Smith

[holding answer 15 June 2000]: Exact figures on the number of households which will benefit from the concession are not available. However, as indicated by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 4 July 2000, Official Report, column 176W, the 1991 Census New Parliamentary Constituency Monitor, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows the population of the Christchurch constituency as 80,938, of which 5.3 per cent. were men aged 75 and over and 8.4 per cent. were women aged 75 and over.