§ Mr. Bidwell
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if she will now introduce an increase in the basic national retirement pension to catch up with rises in the cost of living since the last increase was made.
§ Miss Herbison
I would remind my hon. Friend that pension rates are about 18 per cent. higher than in October, 1964, against a rise in the Retail Prices Index of just over 8 per cent.