§ Mr. Willetts
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners not claiming each means-tested benefit for which they are eligible, broken down by(a) benefit and (b) Government region. 
§ Mr. Pond
The information is not available in the format requested as estimates by government region are not available.
The latest national estimates of the number of pensioners in Great Britain who are eligible, but not receiving income related benefits relate to financial year 2001–02. These cover the minimum income guarantee, housing benefit and council tax benefit and are published in the DWP report entitled "Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2001–02". A copy of the publication is held in the Library.