HL Deb 27 March 2002 vol 633 c70WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On the basis of the life expectancy figures for professional male workers (class 1) and for low-paid male workers (class V) published by the Office for National Statistics on 18 February in its report Trends in life expectancy by social class 1972–1999, how many of the low-paid male workers would have derived benefit from free television licences at 75. [HL3413]

Baroness Blackstone

The reportTrends in expectancy by social class 1972–1999 was derived from the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Longitudinal Study. Estimates from this source show that in 1998 there were approximately 76,000 males of age 75 or over in social class V, accounting for 6 per cent of all males of age 75 or over. Given the mortality rates for 1997–99, 46 per cent of males in social class V can expect to live until they are 75 in the Future.