§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what research he has undertaken into the preferred method of payment of state pensions in(a) urban areas and (b) rural areas; and what is his policy on the method of payment of state pensions. 
§ Mr. Denham
The Department has commissioned one study of claimants' preferences with respect to methods of payment. This study is presently under way. The Government remain committed to providing a secure, convenient and cost effective method of payment for all our customers.