State Retirement Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK were entitled to a state pension in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2006.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Minister of State (Pensions Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table.

State pension recipients in GB
September 1992 9,479,400
September 1997 9,914,700
September 2005 10,568,700
March 2006 10,583,400

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. Figures for September 2006 are not yet available so figures for March 2006 have been provided.


1. DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. extract of the PSCS. Sample data is subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are also adjusted to be consistent with the overall case load from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

2. The figure for 1992 is taken from the Social Security Statistics 1993 publication and is from a 10 per cent. sample and has not been adjusted.

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