HC Deb 02 April 2001 vol 366 c93W
Mr. Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what checks are made to ensure that pensioners living abroad in receipt of the basic state pension are alive. [156474]

Mr. Rooker

All pensioners are contacted over a five year period. The certificate requires the person to confirm their circumstances have not altered and should be attested by someone of professional standing.