§ 73. Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he proposes to ease the earnings rule for retirement pensioners.
§ The Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security (Mr. Paul Dean)
My right hon. Friend has no statement to make at present but as I said in reply to the hon. Member for 34 Manchester, Ardwick (Mr. Kaufman) on 13th July, this is one of the aspects of social security to which we shall be giving close consideration.—[Vol. 803, c. 123.]
§ Mrs. Oppenheim
I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Will he confirm, in view of the Answer given to the hon. Member for Somerset, North (Mr. Dean) on 12th February, 1970, that a retirement pension is a right for which the recipient and his employer have largely paid and should not, therefore, be subject to any means test such as the earnings rule represents?