HC Deb 11 January 1977 vol 923 cc443-4W
20. Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the long-term unemployment forecast by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday 15th December 1976, he will now initiate a detailed study of the costs and advantages of a phased reduction of the pensionable age of men to 60 years allowing for job take-up by men from the unemployment register; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Orme

The question of a phased reduction of men's pension age was considered in my Department's recent memorandum entitled "Pension Age", of which my hon. Friend has a copy. My right hon. Friend has no plans for a further study of such a reduction in view of its cost.