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Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will give figures to show the depreciation of the purchasing value of the various social welfare benefits due to the rise in the cost of living since the last adjustment.
Sir K. Joseph
As measured by the movement in the General Index of Retail Prices up to October, 1971, social security benefits have decreased in purchasing power by about 0·6 per cent. since the increases given last September.