§ Mr. Bulmer
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she intends to raise the earnings limit for old-age pensioners in line with the increase in the cost of living.
§ Mr. O'Malley
The level of weekly earnings at which the earnings' rule for retirement pensioners starts to apply was raised last week from £9.50 to £13. This increase will offset increases in the cost of living since September 1971, when the £9.50 level was introduced.