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Retirement Pensions

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the total cost of retirement pensions in 1949 and in each subsequent year and the proportion of gross national product each figure represents and the total cost of supplementary benefit, or its previous

UNITED KINGDOM
YearRetirement pensionsNational assistance, non-contributory old age pension and supplementary benefit to those over pension age
£ millionPercentage of GNP£ millionPercentage of GNP
19492492·24500·45
19502532·16540·46
19512702·08570·44
19523122·22710·50
19533422·26750·50
19543502·19790·49
19554162·44720·42
19564502·43770·42
19574682·38810·41
19586052·95770·38
19596613·07860·40
19606792·971210·53
19617693·14990·41
19628163·191050·41
19639303·411140·42
19641,0223·451230·41
19651,2043·811280·40
19661,2813·831530·46
19671,3513·831960·55
19681,5504·092030·54
19691,6054·002330·58
19701,8004·092400·55
19711,9473·902730·55
19722,3354·192910·52
19732,7604·222840·43
19743,4874·623240·43
19754,4724·743810·40
19765,4994·934720·42
19776,4295·135850·47
19787,3535·157530·53
Supplementary benefit and so on payments to those over pension age are estimated, as precise figures for calendar years are not held in this form.