During the debate that followed the uprating statement on 10 December 2009, in response to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North, (Mr. Winnick, I said:
“we have raised the basic state pension above prices every year since 1998-99.” [10 December 2009, Official Report, column 521].
The correct answer is as follows:
“Between 1997 and April 2010 pensioners will have benefited from above-inflation increases in the basic state pension, with pensioners better off by £10 or 12 per cent. in real terms in their basic state pension.”
I apologise to the House for the inadvertent error.