§ 55. Mr. Mackenzie
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many persons aged over 65 and under 70 years are in full- or part-time employment, but whose earnings do not exceed the figure laid down under the earnings rule.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Rather less than 50,000 men pensioners. I think it is a reasonable inference that the 280,000 men in this age group who are qualifying for increased pensions by postponing their retirement have higher earnings. I can make no corresponding estimate for women because neither the retirement test nor the earnings rule applies to them after the age of 65.