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Rpi (Computer Error)

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services which pensions and benefits payable by his Department were affected by the computer error in calculating incorrect retail prices index figures; and what action he intends to take to recompense those who suffered a loss as a consequence.

The error in the calculation of the retail prices index has affected to varying degrees the levels of a number of social security benefits. Some benefits are not affected at all.I will be making an announcement to the House on the action we intend to take.