HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 cc180-1W
Mr. Llewellyn

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that there has been a rise of 13 points in the Official Index of Retail Prices since June, 1947, and that, in order to meet this rise retirement pensions would have to be increased from 26s. a week, with 16s. for a wife, to 29s. 6d. and 18s., respectively, he will consider during the preparation of his Budget, how old age pensioners may be best protected from the burden of the rising cost of living.

Sir S. Cripps

I would refer to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave on the 30th March to the hon. and gallant Member for Portsmouth, West (Brigadier Clarke).