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Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he intends to introduce a Pensions (Increase) Order if the November 1977-November 1978 increase in average earnings significantly exceeds 11½ Per cent.

The extent to which earnings have increased over the period from November 1977 to November 1978 will not be known until the relevant index figure becomes available in January 1979. I will then consider the position.