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Family Incomes

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the fact that a man with a wife and two children earning a gross weekly wage of £25 requires an increase in his gross wage of 88 per cent. in order to maintain his living standard, assuming a rate of inflation of 20 per cent., if she will take steps designed to change this situation.

I have already explained, in my reply to the hon. Member's Question on 28th January—[Vol. 885, c. 95–6.]—the figure which he quotes is seriously misleading. The situation to which he refers would not happen in practice.