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Clause 2 - Personal allowance for 2013-14 for those born after 5 April 1948

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Liberal Democrat, Bristol West 3:45 pm, 23rd April 2013

I enjoy listening to the hon. Gentleman because he reminds me of where I grew up. However, I think he rewrote history considerably there. Will he at least acknowledge that this Government have restored the earnings link in the state pension? In fact, they have gone further than that and put in a triple lock, so that the pension will always rise by the highest of earnings, inflation or 2.5%. Does he remember that in 1999 the then Chancellor the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown) increased the state pension by the lowest of those measures, which amounted to 75p?