§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in the Havant constituency have migrated from over-the-counter benefit payments to automated credit transfer in each of the last 12 months. 
§ Mr. McCartney
The information is not available in the format requested. Information on migration from "over the counter methods of payment" to payment directly into a bank or building society account is not recorded monthly. A comparison of the limited data available at 25 January 2003 with the same records from 2 November 2002, indicates that just under 100 pensioners in the Havant constituency have migrated at least one benefit from payment at a post office to payment directly into a bank or building society account. These figures will be influenced by people moving away from or into the area during the period of the comparison.