§ Brian Cotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of pensioners in Somerset who will receive the £100 payment towards council tax, broken down by(a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
We are looking at the most effective and cost-efficient way to make the payments of £100 to eligible households. It is intended that a single one-off payment is made in 2004–05.
The latest available data showing households in Somerset with at least one occupant aged 70 or over broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b)> local authority area are in the tables. We expect the 2004–05 figures to be similar.
Households in Somerset with at least one occupant aged 70 or over by parliamentary constituency. Parliantentary Constituency Households Bath 9,185 Bridgwater 10,030 Somerton and Frome 9,280 Taunton 11,095 Wansdyke 8,185 Wells 10,430 Weston-Super-Mare 10,155 Woodspring 8,570 Yeovil 10,190 Total 87,120
Households in Somerset with at least one occupant aged 70 or over by local authority Local Authority Households Mendip district council 9,530 Sedgemoor district council 10,745 South Somerset district council 15,685 Taunton Deane borough council 10,525 West Somerset district council 4,540 Total 51,025 Notes: 1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Any residence found to have four or more occupants is not included in these figures as it is assumed to be a Residential Care Nursing Home. 3. Local authorities and parliamentary constituencies have been allocated using the relevant ONS postcode directory. 4. Parliamentary constituency boundaries might not match exactly with local authority boundaries. Source: IAD Information center, Winter Fuel Payments data Winter 2002–03 100 per cent. sample.