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Retirement Pension

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps she can take to protect the purchasing power of retirement pensions against the price increases created by the Budget.

The Government are committed to increasing pensions in line with the increase in average earnings, or the increase in prices if that should be more favourable to pensioners. As my hon. Friend knows, pensions were substantially increased this month, and we have undertaken that there will he a second uprating later this year.