§ Sir Brandon Rhys Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the savings in 1981–82 if the pension age for women were 65 years, including the abolition of the wife's dependency addition for men aged 65 years and over, but taking into account increased expenditure on supplementary pensions for couples where there is no income other than the husband's retirement pension.
§ Mr. Rossi
[pursuant to his reply, 18 January, 1982, c. 58]: I refer my hon. Friend to the estimates of savings from raising women's pension age set out in my pursuant reply to the hon. Member for Derby, North (Mr. Whitehead) today. I regret that it has become clear from the work undertaken on those estimates that any estimate of the further savings that would arise from the abolition of the wife's dependency addition for wives under any new pension age would give rise to disproportionate costs.