Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on the Mobility Allowance on 17th December 1986.
Mr. Kirkwood Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people aged over 70 years currently receive mobility allowance; and how many presently in receipt of such benefit will lose it in 1989 as a result of their age.
Mr. Major At 10 December 1986, there were 15,335 recipients of mobility allowance who were age 70 or over. Of this number, 9,345 qualified under eligibility criteria which include the upper limit of age 75 for the payment of the allowance. Recipients are due to reach this limit from 29 November 1989 onwards, but I regret that the number due to reach it in 1989 cannot be identified separately.