HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 c1452
19. Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will take into account, in his forthcoming review of retirement pensions, recent increases in the cost of fuel.

Mr. Dean

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Greville Janner

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the considerable hardship which is being caused at present, particularly to old-age pensioners, by the increases in fuel prices? Is he satisfied that these are properly taken into account when assessing the amount of supplemental benefits?

Mr. Dean

The Government are certainly aware of this problem, and that is one of the reasons why the special allowances for extra heating needs are being increased.