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Winter Heating Allowance

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the total value of the winter heating allowance for each year from 1998–99 to 2005–06; and if he will make a statement. [130142]

The information in respect of winter fuel payments, which were introduced in 1997, is in the table.

£ million
Winter fuel payments
Expenditure
1997–98191
1998–99194
1999–2000759
2000–011,749
2001–021,692
Estimated expenditure
2002–031,712
Forecast expenditure '
2003–04 11,891
2004–05 f1,911
2005–061,933