Amendment of the Law

Part of Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – in the House of Commons at 5:10 pm on 10th March 1992.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley , Eltham 5:10 pm, 10th March 1992

When the hon. Gentleman has finished interrupting me from a sedentary position, I shall take up his argument. There are also those families without children who will receive benefit.

The proposals of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor for pensioners will provide them with immediate help. They will be recognised as important and they will do more in a concentrated way for 5 million pensioners than would have been done under the Labour party's proposals, which would have given an increase in pensions to pensioners whether or not they were well-off.

A degree of selectivity is worth while. Indeed, there must be a degree of selectivity. It may be based on income. There may be a condition—for example, whether or not one is dealing with a child. I think that my right hon. Friend deserves congratulations for employing selectivity for pensioners based on income.

I look forward to the debate continuing over the next two or three days—