§ Mr. Hilary Benn
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make it his policy that, after 2003, pensioners will continue to be able to draw their pension in cash from a post office without having to pay a charge for doing so. 
§ Mr. Paice
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the impact of the decision by banks to charge for the use of automated telling machines owned by other banks on the ability of benefit recipients to obtain benefits in cash from post offices. 
Housing Benefit recipients, tenants of registered social landlords and private landlords, Great Britain—May 1998 Type All recipients Paid four weeks in arrears Proportion paid four weeks in arrears (Percentage) Average weekly amount of HB (£) Tenants of registered social landlords 840,000 242,000 29 54.50 Tenants of private landlords 971,000 352,000 36 61.10
1. Figures are the latest available.
2. The number of recipients are rounded to the nearest thousand, proportions to the nearest whole per cent, and average amounts of benefit to the nearest ten pence.
3. Recipients refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
Housing Benefit Management Information System, annual 1 per cent. sample inquiries taken on the second Thursday in May 1998.