HC Deb 08 August 1966 vol 733 cc225-6W
13. Mr. Sydney Bidwell

asked the Minister of Social Security when legislation is to be introduced to ensure that retirement pensions are raised to keep pace with rises in the cost of living.

Miss Herbison

Pension rates are about 18 per cent. higher than in October, 1964, against a rise in the Retail Prices Index since then of about 8½ per cent. Pensioners would be worse off if their pensions had been tied to the cost of living.