§ 15. Mr. Savidge
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scottish pensioners will benefit from the new rates for winter fuel payments. 
§ Dr. Reid
Over 900,000 Scottish pensioners will benefit from the increase in the Winter Fuel Payment from £100 to £150. In addition the age of eligibility for payments is being equalised at 60. We estimate that in Scotland up to an extra 150,000 people will be eligible for the payments from next winter.