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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what statistics his Department has collected on (a) take-up and (b) eligibility to pension credit since 31 October 2004; and if he will collect and publish statistics on pension credit eligibility at constituency level. 
Information on levels of pension credit take-up and eligibility is not collected directly. Estimates of eligibility are derived from the yearly Family Resources Survey (FRS). Current estimates are projected forward using the FRS for 200203 and modelled with the Department's Policy Simulation Model. Robust figures on eligibility and take-up will not be available until full analysis of the FRS for 200304 and will be published in the National Statistics publication Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up". The FRS does not provide enough information to break down figures to constituency level.
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Information on numbers of households and individuals in receipt of pension credit in each Government Office Region and constituency at 31 December 2004 was published in the most recent quarterly pension credit progress report, on 3 February. A copy of the report is in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit in each Greater London borough are receiving (a) less than 10p,
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(b) 10p to 19p, (c) 20p to 29p, (d) 30p to 39p, (e) 40p to 49p, (f) 50p to 59p, (g) 60p to 69p, (h) 70p to 79p, (i) 80p to 89p and (j) 90p to 99p per week. 
Malcolm Wicks: The figures in question for individual London boroughs are too small to be reliable. The information for inner and outer London areas is given in the following table. An award of pension credit of less than 10p per week is not payable unless the person is receiving another benefit payable with pension credit.
|All||Less than 10p||10p-19p||20p-29p||30p-39p||40p-49p|
|East and North East||150||10||10||10||5||15|
|West and North West||95||5||5||(40)||5||10|
|East and North East||5||15||30||20||25|
|West and North West||10||10||10||15||25|
Malcolm Wicks: At 31 August 2004, the most recent date for which figures are available, approximately 584,600 recipients of pension credit in Great Britain were in receipt of the extra amount payable to those with severe disability and 129,600 were in receipt of the extra amount payable to carers. Estimates of how many people are eligible to receive these additional amounts are not available.
Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed pension credit in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Malcolm Wicks: Information on numbers of households and individuals in receipt of pension credit in each constituency at 31 December 2004 is contained in the most recent quarterly pension credit progress report, which was published on 3 February. A copy of the report is in the Library.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to post offices on procedures to be followed in relation to payment of pensions over Post Office counters to people who have not set up Post Office accounts or supplied bank details to the Benefits Agency; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Pond: The Department has not issued any guidance to Post Office Ltd. concerning those pensioners who have not yet provided account details or opened a Post Office card account. The responsibility for issuing guidance to Post Office staff on benefit and pensions matters rests with Post Office Ltd., following the appropriate level of consultation with DWP.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have had payment books withdrawn by Post Office staff on instructions from the Benefits Agency relating to new pension payment arrangements. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money the average pensioner in North Durham received in (a) 2001 and (b) the last year for which figures are available. 
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money the average pensioner received in Warrington, North in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available. 
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