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Earnings And Pensions

Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report a table listing (a) the value of retirement pensions, (b) gross average earnings and (c) the level of the price index (1945 equals 100) and the percentage increase in each, for every up rating in pensions since 1975.

The information requested by the hon. Member is given in the following table, which has been prepared on the assumption that he had in mind 1975, not 1945, for the base of 100.from some 70 organisations and individuals. Whilst some have supported and some opposed a question on race or ethnic origin, others have commented without clearly stating their position. It would not be helpful to list the organisations at this stage, but my right hon. Friend will be making a full statement in due course.