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Retirement Pension

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the purchasing power of the basic state retirement pension in 1970, 1985 and at present, expressed in 1987 money.

I refer the hon. Member to the DHSS "Abstract Statistics for Index of Retail Prices, Average Earnings. Social Security Benefits and Contributions," a copy of which is in the Library.