§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Social Security whether she will take steps to exempt from payment of social security contributions all those who retire on public service pensions before the age of 65 years and do not take up further employment
§ Mr. Pentland
No. Like other non-employed persons, such pensioners can claim exception from contributing if their income, less the cost of the contributions, does not exceed £312 a year; but absence of contributions can affect benefit rights.