§ Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has studied the letter of 25th November from Aberdeen and District branch of the Scottish Retired Teachers Association on the subject of teachers who retired on small pensions and who do not receive 290W the national retirement pension; what reply he has sent; and if he will state his plans for alleviating their position.
§ Mr. Ross
I have received the letter and will be replying in detail shortly.
The Government are aware of the position of the older teachers who have no National Insurance retirement pension. While special action for them alone would not be practicable a close watch is being kept on the effect of the cost of living on the level of public service pensions generally, and appropriate action will be taken when this is seen to be justified.