HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c47W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of carers(a) entitled to and (b) being credited into the state second pension. [54517]

Mr. McCartney

We estimate that up to 2 million carers could benefit from the state second pension. However, as entitlement to state second pension is based on complete qualifying years, the first of which is 2002–03 tax-year, we have no figures currently for the number of people who are entitled in respect of that year.