§ Mr. Heald
In October 1996, the latest month for which figures are available, the War Pensions Agency received a total of 3,300 new claims for war disablement and war widows pensions. At 31 October 1996, 326,716 War Pensions were in payment. A war disablement pension may be claimed by any former member of the armed forces who considers that disablement may be due to an injury attributable to, or aggravated by, service. A war widow's pension may be awarded where the late husband's death was due to, or hastened by, service. Similar schemes exist in respect of disablement or death sustained outside the armed forces as a result of enemy action during the second world war, for example, by members of the merchant navy.
§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many(a) men and (b) women are currently in receipt of a war pension in the age categories (i) 20 to 30 years, (ii) 30 to 40 years, (iii) 40 to 50 years, (iv) 50 to 60 years, (v) 60 to 70 years, (vi) 70 to 80 years and (vii) over 80 years; and if he will make statement. 
§ Mr. Heald
The information is not available in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
However, information regarding the number of people in receipt of a war disablement or war widow's pension at 30 November 1996, the most recent date for which information is available, by age is in the table.
Age band Disabled Widows Under 21 76 2 21–30 3,986 81 31–40 8,801 467 41–50 13,676 858 51–59 23,457 1,649 60–64 22,827 1,802 65–69 26,074 3,821 70–80 136,799 29,891 81–90 30,482 18,886 91–100 984 2,162 Over 100 38 50