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Volume 977: debated on Wednesday 30 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total value of pensions as a percentage of gross national product for each year since 1948; and if he will detail the extent to which any increasing share of gross national product given in pension is due to (a) an increase in the value of pensions and (b) a real increase in the pensioners' share of national income.

In reply to the first part of the question, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Somerset, North (Mr. Dean) on 18 December 1979.—[Vol. 976, c. 153.] As to the remainder of the question, variations in the percentages cannot be separately attributed in the way requested.