HC Deb 09 April 2003 vol 403 c336W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 24 Febuary 2003 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones),Official Report, column 204W, how much he estimates the winter fuel payment will cost in total in 2001–02 prices in (a) 2011–12, (b) 2021–22 and (b) 2051–52, based on the modelling assumption used in the pensions Green Paper that the benefit remains at £200. [107518]

Maria Eagle

The information requested is provided in the table.

Projected expenditure on winter fuel payments
£ million, 2001–02 prices
Year Projected expenditure on WFPs
2011–12 1,516
2021–22 1,351
2051–52 759


1. Figures rounded to the nearest £1 million.


Long term projections used in the Long term Public Finance Report: an a analysis of fiscal sustainability, HM Treasury, November 2002 and the DWP Green Paper "Simplicity, security and choice" (Annex 3).