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Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (231420)

Number of pensionersJarrow parliamentary constituencyNovember 199916,000May 200015,900November 200016,100May 200115,700November 200116,000May 200216,220August 200216,210November 200216,240 February 200316,230May 200316,250August 200316,310November 200316,300February 200416,270May 200416,320August 200416,350November 200416,360February 200516,310May 200516,290August 200516,300November 200516,340February 200616,320 May 200616,290August 200616,370November 200616,390February 200716,420May 200716,500August 200716,580November 200716,650February 200816,660South Tyneside local authorityNovember 199931,000May 200030,800November 200031,100May 200130,500November 200130,700May 200230,800August 200230,750November 200230,710February 200330,640 May 200330,650August 200330,710November 200330,600February 200430,510May 200430,560August 200430,590November 200430,600February 200530,530May 200530,470August 200530,470November 200530,520February 200630,460May 200630,430August 200630,440November 200630,500February 200730,500May 200730,550August 200730,650November 200730,500February 200830,750North-east Government office regionNovember 1999480,200May 2000481,800November 2000484,100May 2001483,100November 2001485,200May 2002478,290August 2002478,950 November 2002479,770February 2003479,510May 2003480,890August 2003482,190November 2003482,780February 2004482,510May 2004484,400August 2004485,930November 2004487,330February 2005487,300May 2005487,940August 2005488,890November 2005489,420February 2006489,280 May 2006489,970August 2006491,770November 2006493,450February 2007494,820May 2007496,960August 2007499,860November 2007501,510February 2008502,370Great BritainNovember 199910,338,400May 200010,337,800November 200010,366,900May 200110,388,200November 200110,441,900May 200211,353,500August 200211,383,960November 200211,414,630 February 200311,430,790May 200311,473,090August 200311,515,970November 200311,544,620February 200411,557,870May 200411,620,150August 200411,668,110November 200411,710,580February 200511,726,470May 200511,760,740August 200511,786,580November 200511,804,430February 200611,817,230May 200611,847,970August 200611,896,500November 200611,949,620February 200711,992,450May 200712,053,770August 200712,127,160November 200712,182,270February 200812,216,390 Notes:1. Figures for November 1999 to November 2001 are rounded to the nearest hundred.2. Figures for May 2002 to February 2008 are rounded to the nearest 10. Some additional disclosure control has been applied. 3. There is no geographical information until November 1999.4. For more recent years data exist for both benefit claimed by pensioners and for the pensioners client group from both sample and 100 per cent. data. Figures produced from sample data may differ from those produced from 100 per cent. data due to sample variation. A table of expected variation can be found here (table A1).An additional source of variation is that the WPLS data takes more account of retrospection (ie late changes to the data). The WPLS data are the preferred source to answer queries, however in cases where the required information is unavailable on WPLS data then sample data are used.Sources:1. November 1999 to November 2001—DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample2. May 2002 to February 2008—DWP Work and Pension Longitudinal Study