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Retirement Pensions

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister whether, in view of the recent decision by the House of Lords in the case of James v. Eastleigh borough council, she will introduce amending legislation to provide equal age eligibility between men and women for the state retirement pension.

The James case was concerned with concessions to people by reference to their age. It has no effect on the law on social security and, therefore, there is no need to amend that law in the light of this judgment.