§ 17. Mr. Dempsey
asked the Minister of Social Security when she proposes to hold a comprehensive review of current bene 930 fits, in view of the existing anomalies; and if she will make a statement.
§ 23. Mr. Will Owen
asked the Minister of Social Security when she will submit to the House her proposals for a new social security scheme; and whether she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dempsey
Will my right hon. Friend confirm whether one of the proposals will be a provision to end the present graduated pension scheme which before the last election we all described as a swindle? Is she aware that trade unionists and other workpeople are getting restless about the delay and would like a definite date when the report will be introduced to the House?
§ Mrs. Hart
I can affirm what has been said from this bench a number of times—that the new wage-related pension scheme will end completely the existing graduated scheme. As for my hon. Friend's anxieties about having a definite date, I am sorry that I cannot oblige him with an answer. Things are working quite fast, but at this stage it is not possible to give a date.