HC Deb 27 July 1964 vol 699 c178W
55. Mr. Mackenzie

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many persons aged over 65 and under 70 years are in full- or part-time employment, but whose earnings do not exceed the figure laid down under the earnings rule.

Mrs. Thatcher

Rather less than 50,000 men pensioners. I think it is a reasonable inference that the 280,000 men in this age group who are qualifying for increased pensions by postponing their retirement have higher earnings. I can make no corresponding estimate for women because neither the retirement test nor the earnings rule applies to them after the age of 65.