HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 c260W
Mr. Steve Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many respondents have opted for payment(a) by credit transfer into an existing bank or building society account, (b) by credit transfer into a new basic bank account and (c) by means of a Post Office Card Account, broken down by social security benefit for which letters have been sent to recipients asking them to specify how they wish to receive payments following the switch to ACT; and if he will make a statement. [92185]

Malcolm Wicks

As at 10 January 103,023 customers have responded and opted for payment into a bank or building society account.

This is made up of 72,458 Child Benefit customers and 30,565 Veterans Agency customers.

We do not distinguish between existing or basic bank accounts.

The total number of customers requesting Post Office card accounts is 26,297. This is made up of 8,854 Child Benefit customers and 17,443 Veterans Agency customers.