HC Deb 28 October 2003 vol 412 c215W
Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of(a) child benefit recipients and (b) pensioners have chosen to receive their payments into (i) a normal bank or building society account, (ii) a basic bank account and (iii) a Post Office card account; [134953]

(2) how many (a) pensioners and (b) child benefit recipients have been contacted regarding the new direct payment arrangements; how many are yet to be contacted; and what deadline the Government have set for contacting these recipients. [135000]

Mr. Pond

Key figures on the progress of conversion to Direct Payment are available in the House of Commons Library, updated every four weeks. It should be noted that for statistical purposes, we cannot differentiate between a current bank account and a basic bank account.

The huge number of customers involved in the conversion process, some 13 million, means that the changes are being phased in over a two-year period.

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