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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:48 am on 18th December 1987.

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Photo of Sir Brandon Rhys Williams Sir Brandon Rhys Williams , Kensington 10:48 am, 18th December 1987

May I say to my hon. Friend that I believe that in all parts of the House the speed and candour with which he has dealt with this embarrassing problem will be very well appreciated? May I also say that I believe that the settlement that he has made is the best that he can do in the circumstances and will be appreciated by the recipients? On public sector pensions, may I also remind my hon. Friend that, in 1974, I made the point that we were creating a privileged elite of public sector pensioners in giving them full uprating with the cost of living? Under 5 per cent. of private sector occupational schemes are able to do the same.