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Volume 205: debated on Tuesday 3 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was (a) the amount of the old age pension for a single person and for a married couple, (b) the rate of inflation and (c) the level of average earnings for each year from 1970 to the latest year for which figures are available.

The information requested is in the table.

Date of benefit up-rating(a)1(a)2(b)3(c)4
November 19695·008·1025·00
September 19716·009·7016·530·70
October 19726·7510·908·535·80
October 19737·7512·509·940·40
July 197410·5016·0013·546·30
April 197511·6018·5017·755·70
November 197513·3021·2011·761·80
November 197615·3024·5015·069·30
November 197717·5028·0013·075·70
November 197819·5031·208·187·40
November 197923·3037·3017·4103·60
November 198027·1543·4515·3118·60
November 198129·6047·3512·0129·50
November 198232·8552·556·3138·40
November 198334·0554·504·8147·70
November 198435·8057·304·9159·60
November 198538·3061·305·5168·70
July 198638·7061·951·7176·70
April 198739·5063·254·4185·50
April 198841·1565·903·9200·60
April 198943·6069·808·0217·80
April 199046·9075·109·4237·20
April 199152·0083·256·4253·10
1 Weekly rate of retirement pension for a single person.
2 Weekly rate of retirement pension for a married couple.
3 Percentage increase in the retail prices index (All Items) between benefit uprating dates.
4 Average weekly earnings of adult male manual workers in the month of the benefit uprating.