HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 c223W
Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what study she has made of the probable effect of the abolition of the earnings rule in respect of retirement pensions; and whether such abolition would increase or decrease the number of persons over pensionable age likely to engage in full-time employment.

Miss Herbison

The available evidence suggests that the existence of the earnings rule has very little effect on individual decisions to continue in full-time employment after minimum pensionable age. Abolition of the rule would involve abolition also of the retirement condition, and this might well lead a proportion of the 350,000 people at present deferring retirement and earning pension increments to abandon full-time employment in favour of part-time work and pension.