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Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were in receipt of a State retirement pension at 1st April 1977; and how many of these were women under 65 years of age and how many were people over 80 years of age.

I regret that figures for April 1977 are not available but, in November 1976, 8,417,000 people were receiving national insurance retirement pensions, including old persons' pensions. They included 858,000 women under 65 years of age and 1,377,000 people of 80 years of age and over.