§ Mrs. Irene Adams
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of pensioners eligible for benefits and entitlements in(a) Paisley, North, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK. 
§ Mr. McCartney
Such information as is available is shown in the table below. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit are not available at constituency level.
Table 1: Figures for Paisley North, Scotland and Great Britain. Benefit Total recipients Paisley North Scotland GB State Pensions 11,200 911,000 11,147,400 Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) 3,000 182,700 1,746,200 Attendance Allowance (AA) 1,700 129,200 1,291,400 Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) 12,430 996,420 11,201,895 Free TV licences (entitlement) 5,600 500,100 4,415,700 Council Tax Benefit N/A 531,000 4,602,000 Housing Benefit N/A 450,000 3,813,000
MIG—Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, May 2002 State Pensions—Figures taken from a 5 per cent. sample from the Pensions Strategy Computer System at 30 March 2002.
WFP—Figures from a 100 per cent. sample from the Winter Fuel Payment 2001/2002 Exercise
Free TV Licence—Figures taken from a 5 per cent. sample from the Client Group analysis of the population over state pension age as at 30th November 2001.
Attendance Allowance—Figures from a 5 per cent. sample from the AA/DLA computer system as at February 2002
Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit—Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock count taken in May 2002