HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc17-8W
97. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Social Security whether the review of the social services will recommend an increase in the basic retirement pension.

Miss Herbison

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon, South (Mr. Winnick) on 6th February.—[Vol. 740, c. 1081–2.]

Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Minister of Social Security how much would be needed to restore the retirement pension to the relative position it had to average wage and salary earnings when the last pension increase was made.

Miss Herbison

On the basis of the Ministry of Labour's last six-monthly figure (that for October 1966) of average earnings of men in manufacturing and certain other industries, increases of 5s. 11d. for a single person and 9s. 8d. for a married couple.