§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Jones) of 15 January 2001,Official Report, column 79W, how many pensioners who live abroad and receive an annually up-rated basic state pension are (a) single and (b) married; and how many in each group are under the age of 75 years. 
§ Mr. Rooker
We estimate that as at 31 March 2000 there were 359,800 pensioners residing overseas who had an annually up-rated basic state pension. We further estimate that 238,600 pensioners were under the age of 75. Details are not available based on marital status.
1. The case count figures quoted are in thousands and are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Includes all retirement pensioners resident overseas.
3. Pensioners resident in the Channel Islands are not included in the case count figures.
4. We are unable to supply information from the Pension Strategy Computer System based on marital status.
5 per cent. sample from the Pension Strategy Computer System at 31 March 2000.