HL Deb 30 November 2000 vol 619 cc170-1WA
Baroness Castle of Blackburn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the estimated cost of the pension credit in 2003–04. [HL4686]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security Baroness Hollis of Heigham

The costs of the Pension Credit will depend on decisions about the detailed design following the consultation exercise—such as the nature of the interactions with other benefits such as Housing Benefit and the detail of the legislation when it has completed its passage through Parliament. The Government will bring forward estimates of the Pension Credit once they have considered responses to the consultation exercise.