§ 6. Mr. van Straubenzee
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many statisticians have been used by his Department to calculate the effect of changes in the earnings rule.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
The next time the Secretary of State puts this matter of the earnings rule—which is what this Question is about—to the Government Actuary, will he also put to him a new factor, which is that we now know from Mr. Jack Jones that in this year we have all to work like beavers? Ought not that to apply to those people who have reached retirement age and who are anxious and willing to work hard? Will the right hon. Gentleman seek to remove any rule which inhibits them from doing that?
§ Mrs. Chalker
Will the Minister confirm that rather than there being a reduction in the numbers on deferred retirement from 120,000 to 70,000, the figure of 135,000 now deferring retirement, given in a Written Answer last November, is the correct figure on which we should be working?