§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total estimated spending from public funds on people beyond retirement age in respect of(a) the state retirement pension and (b) all other benefits, including income support and housing benefit, for the latest year for which these figures are available.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The estimated expenditure outturn for retirement pension for 1988–89 was £19,281 million. Estimated outturn on all other social security benefits for the elderly in 1988–89 was £4,409 million; this includes income support paid to men aged over 60 but under retirement age.