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Benefits (Sex Equality)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to put all legislation coming within his departmental control on the same basis for men and women when they reach the age of 60 years and to abolish the discrimination against men between the ages of 60 years and 65 years; and whether he will apply this to index-linked national savings.

On the subject of indexlinked retirement issue savings certificates, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Eye (Mr. Gummer) on 29 April. I am unaware of any other legislation within the Treasury's area of responsibility that discriminates against men between the ages of 60 and 65 years.