HC Deb 10 March 1987 vol 112 c153W
24. Mr. Leigh

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the extent to which pensions have kept pace with inflation since 1979.

Mr. Major

The level of retirement pension prevailing for most of 1979 was determined by the uprating of social security benefits in November 1978. Between November 1978 and July 1986 (the latest uprating) the retail price index rose by 90 per cent. and the state retirement pension rose by 98.5 per cent. for a single person and 98.6 per cent. for a married couple.