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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners receiving one or more means-tested benefit have a weekly income of (a) up to £100, (b) £101 to £120, (c) £121 to £140, (d) £140 to £160, (e) £160 to £180, (f) £180 to £200, (g) £200 to £220, (h) £220 to £240 per week, (i) £240 to £260, (j) £260 to £280, (k) £280 to £300 and (l) over £300 per week. 
|Total number of pensioners||3,250,000|
|Up to £100 weekly income||480,000|
|Between £100 and £119.99 weekly income||220,000|
|Between £120 and £139.99 weekly income||630,000|
|Between £140 and £159.99 weekly income||540,000|
|Between £160 and £179.99 weekly income||390,000|
|Between £180 and £199.99 weekly income||280,000|
|Between £200 and £219.99 weekly income||220,000|
|Between £220 and £239.99 weekly income||190,000|
|Between £240 and £259.99 weekly income||110,000|
|Between £260 and £279.99 weekly income||70,000|
|Between £280 and £299.99 weekly income||30,000|
|£300 and over weekly income||80,000|
1. The figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling error.
2. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
3. Due to the estimation procedure to produce the figures, they have been rounded to the nearest ten thousand.
4. Pensioners are defined as a benefit unit where either the claimant and/or the partner are aged 60 and over.
6. Includes income declared for the assessment of means-tested benefits (including disregarded income).
1. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2000.
2. Income support 5 per cent. Quarterly Statistical Enquiry May 2000.
3. Jobseeker's allowance 5 per cent. Quarterly Statistical Enquiry May 2000.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Prime Minister how many persons (a) knighted (or equivalent) and (b) admitted to each rank of the orders of chivalry in the recent New Year's honours list were honoured for their contribution as (i) employees of Her Majesty's Government or of a Government-sponsored organisation, (ii) employees of local government or of a local government-sponsored organisation, (iii) private sector employees, (iv) voluntary sector employees, (v) health service employees, (vi) staff of schools and (vii) volunteers. 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Prime Minister how many persons in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland were (a) knighted or equivalent and (b) admitted to each rank of the orders of chivalry in each Honours List since May 1997. 
The Prime Minister: This information is not held in the format requested and can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the following table shows the number of awards made on my recommendation in each county in Northern Ireland since June 1999.
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|Antrim (including Belfast)|
|New year 2000||||||1||||2||13||43|
|New year 2001||||||1||||2||15||18|
|New year 2002||||||1||1||1||8||20|
|New year 2000||||||||||||1||2|
|New year 2001||||||||||||1||4|
|New year 2002||||||||||||1||3|
|New year 2000||||||||2||1||6||12|
|New year 2001||||||||||2||6||13|
|New year 2002||||||||||3||6||10|
|New year 2000||||||||||||1||2|
|New year 2001||||||||||||||1|
|New year 2002||||||||||||||1|
|New year 2000||||||||||||1||4|
|New year 2001||||||||||||||6|
|New year 2002||||||||||1||3||6|
|New year 2000||||||||||||||5|
|New year 2001||||||||||||||2|
|New year 2002||||||||||||||3|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the Chairman of the Honours and Decorations Committee to conclude his review of the 1951 to 1954 Suez Emergency and its recognition by way of a General Service Medal. 
The Prime Minister: The Committee on the Grants of Honours, Decorations and Medals is aware of the past history of the case and of the representations currently being made for a medal. It is considering these representations very carefully.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the retirement ages that apply to the employees of his office and its agencies, including how many and which categories of employees are affected by each; and if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on flexible retirement. 
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