§ Mr. Coaker
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will conduct an analysis of the comparative position of pensioners in(a) the UK and (b) other EU states; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Rooker
Analyses of the comparative position of pensioners in the UK, in terms of income, are included in the publications "Households Below Average Income" 1994–95 to 1997–98 and "The Pensioners' Incomes Series" 1997–98, both of which are available in the Library.532W
Aspects of pensioner income and poverty in different EU states are covered in selected papers in the "Statistics in Focus" series, published by Eurostat. Copies are held in the Library. There are no plans for the Department to conduct a separate analysis of the comparative position of pensioners in other EU states.