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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the value, in real terms, by which retirement pension has been reduced since it was last raised.

Regional Health AuthorityNumber of Authorised Pay BedsNumber of Hospitals with Authorised Pay Beds
Before 20th May 1977After 20th May 1977Before 20th May 1977After 20th May 1977
East Anglia1561262624
North West Thames4613535550
North East Thames4102995248
South East Thames4333196861
South West Thames2471785753
South Western2021526255
West Midlands3943047973
North Western3362725151
London Postgraduate Boardsof Governors2271941111
Great Britain—Total4,4443,444799731
In 161 instances at the request of the authority concerned authorisation has been given on a group rather than on an individual hospital basis. It is a condition

On the basis of the movement of the General Index of Retail Prices, the retirement pension rates introduced in November 1976 had lost 5·7 per cent. of their real value by March 1977—the latest date for which a figure is available. This represents a decrease in real value of 87p a week in the standard rate payable to a single person and of £1·39 in the married couple's rate.