Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Commission on Poverty

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 16th April 1970

I am prepared to take criticism from those concerned with these matters and share their impatience that we have not been able to do more, but I shall not take it from the Front Bench opposite. Right hon. Members had 13 years in which to deal with this matter. They refused to deal with the widow's earnings rule, which we abolished. Our pensions record is very much better than theirs. There are the rate rebates for one million less-well-off householders, the repeal of the Rent Act, the abolition of National Assistance, and increase in family allowances. The hon. Member has only to look at the Opposition's proposals on raising council house rents and prices to see how much worse poverty would be under them.