Retirement Pensions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1975.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) 12:00 am, 25th March 1975

Will the Minister of State concede that the non-availability of the March 1975 figures has enabled him to obsure the fact that the percentage asked for is probably no greater and may even be less than it was in March 1974? Does he accept that the percentage is likely to get worse because the new uprating is based on out-of-date figures up to August last year which are far below the present level of the increase in earnings? Finally, does he accept that the failure of the social contract will mean that over the coming year the real position of pensioners will deteriorate vis-à-vis the friends of the Labour Party in the big unions in heavy industry?