§ Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make it his policy to increase the level of retirement pensions.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has a statutory duty to review the level of state retirement pension every year, and to increase it al least in line with the movement in prices. He informed the House on 27 October that from 10 April 1989 retirement pension will be increased by £2.45 and £3.90 for single pensioners and couples respectively. He also informed the House on 24 November of additional resources of £200 million to be made available to pensioners on low incomes.