§ Mr. Simon Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of pensioners in Wales eligible for the Minimum Income Guarantee. 
§ Mr. McCartney
The latest estimate is that around 97,000 pensioners in Wales are benefiting from the Minimum Income Guarantee. An estimate of the number of pensioners eligible but not claiming is not available.
- 1. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling error.
- 2. Pensioners are defined as where the claimant, and/or partner are aged 60 or over.
- 3. Figure is rounded to the nearest hundred and is expressed in thousands.
Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, February 2001.