HC Deb 06 February 1956 vol 548 c147W
7. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he is aware that the latest increase in the cost-of-living index has already absorbed the increase in National Assistance scales; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

No. The increases in the assistance scales announced on 28th November last were of the order of 6½ per cent. Changes in the interim index of retail prices published since that date show a rise of 1.6 per cent.

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