HC Deb 04 March 1987 vol 111 cc620-1W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he next intends to make an announcement about state retirement pension levels.

Mr. Major

The next review of benefit levels will take place in the autumn of this year and a statement will be made shortly afterwards.

Mr. Patrick Thompson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing the yearly percentage increase for the pensioners price index and for the retirement pension for each year since 1983.

Mr. Major

The information requested is shown for the uprating month in each year in the table.

Percentage increase since previous uprating date
Pensioners Price Index: One Person household1 Pensioners Price Index: Two Persons household1 Retirement Pension: Single person Retirement Pension: Couple
November 1983 4.6 4.8 3.7 3.7
November 1984 4.4 4.5 5.1 5.1
November 1985 4.8 4.7 7.0 7.0
July 19862 2.2 2.2 1.0 1.1
1 The Pensioners Price Index measures the effect of inflation on low.income pensioner households. It covers about 40 per cent, of all pensioner households and is published quarterly. Figures used to calculate increases are for the quarter in which the uprating month fell in each year.
2 Increase since November 1985.