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Pensioners

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women he estimates will reach state pension age between the end of the first full week in December 2008 and the end of (i) January and (ii) February 2009. (246585)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated January 2009:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many (a) men and (b) women it is estimated will reach state pension age between the end of the first full week in December 2008 and the end of (i) January and (ii) February 2009 (246585).

The numbers of men and women projected to reach state pension age in Great Britain are:

8 December 2008 to 31 January 2009 inclusive: 46,000 males and 56,000 females

8 December 2008 to 28 February 2009 inclusive: 69,000 males and 85,000 females

These estimates are derived from the 2006-based national population projections for Great Britain published in October 2007.