At current prices the present retirement pension rates of 80s. (single) and 130s. (for a couple) are worth 5s. l0d. and 10s. 4d. more, respectively, than the 67s. 6d. and 109s. rates introduced in May 1963.
Does this figure contain an allowance for the 50 per cent. increase in water rates which some old-age pensioners are having to bear as a result of the last Budget? Would the hon. Gentleman please say how he arrived at these figures?