§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many supplementary pensioners are in receipt of additions for (a) heating, (b) laundry and (c) special diets; and how many of these householders are headed by persons aged between 70 and 84 years.
§ Dr. Boyson
[pursuant to his reply, 28 June 1984, c. 529]: It is estimated that about 1.6 million supplementary pensioners receive heating additions, and that about 300,000 and 80,000 supplementary pensioners receive dietary additions and laundry additions respectively—the majority of whom are included in the 1.6 million who receive heating additions. It is estimated that between 1.1 and 1.2 million claimants between 70 and 84 receive heating additions. Reliable estimates cannot be made of the number of supplementary pensioners in this age band who receive dietary or laundry additions.