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

Yes, Sir. As the right hon. Gentleman will know, there has been a very big increase in the basic rate under this Government in the last five years—by 20 per cent. in five years. He will also know, since he referred to widows, not only of the action taken—action which the previous Government refused to take—in respect of the 10s. widow, not only of the action I referred to in the abolition of the earnings rule—which he steadfastly refused to get rid of, as did his Tory successors—but of the very big step forward in regard to earnings-related benefit, the lengthening of the period in the early months of widowhood and of the big stepping up of the rate for widows. The right hon. Gentleman would do well to remain silent.