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Elderly Persons

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of Stale for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the number of people of pensionable age for each of the last 10 years; what percentage of the total population they represented; and what is his forecast for each of the next 10 years.

The information for the United Kingdom is as follows:

Mid-yearNumber of people of pensionable ages* (thousands)Percentage of the total population
Estimates—
19698,78315·9
19708,91216·1
19719,05516·3
19729,17316·4
19739,28916·6
19749,40916·8
19759,51717·0
19769,57617·1
19779,62917·2
19789,65117·3
Projections†—
19799,66317·3
19809,79317·5
19819,86917·6
19829,90717·7
19839,89417·7
19849,87417·6
19859,94817·7
198610,00217·8
198710,02617·8
198810,02317·7
198910,01617·7
* Males aged 65 and over plus females aged 60 and over.
† Mid-1978 based principal population proections.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the number of people of the age of 80 years and over for each of the last 10 years; what percentage of the total population they represented; and his forecast for each of the next 10 years.

The information for the United Kingdom is as follows:

Mid-yearNumber of people aged 80 and over (thousands)Percentage of the total population
Estimates—
19691,2282·2
19701,2522·3
19711,2742·3
19721,2922·3
19731,3062·3
19741,3192·4
19751,3392·4
19761,3542·4
19771,3802·5
19781,4062·5
Projections*
19791,4392·6
19801,4762·6
19811,5192·7
19821,5562·8
19831,5992·9
19841,6402·9
19851,6823·0
19861,7213·1
19871,7583·1
19881,7963·2
19891,8323·2
* Mid-1978 based principal population projections.