HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 c855W
Chris Ruane

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners benefit from(a) the minimum income guarantee and (b) free TV licences, broken down by constituency, with constituencies grouped by region. [166679]

Malcolm Wicks

Information on minimum income guarantee is not available in the form requested. Since 6 October 2003 pension credit has replaced the minimum income guarantee and the 1.8 million cases receiving minimum income guarantee prior to 6 October were automatically transferred to pension credit. Information on pension credit take-up, including by parliamentary constituency, is available in the Library.

The information requested about the number of pensioners who benefit from a free TV licence is not available in the format requested. However, people aged 75 and over are entitled to free TV licences and information on the number of households in Great Britain with at least one resident aged 75 or over, broken down by constituency with the constituencies grouped by region has been placed in the Library.