§ Mr. Norman Lamont
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what number and what proportion of retirement pensioners have total incomes from all sources of (a) on and below the supplementary benefits level, (b) below two-thirds of national average earnings, (c) above the same as national average earnings and (d) over national average earnings, respectively.
§ Mr. Dean
It is estimated that at the end of 1971 about 80 per cent. of married couple pensioners—1,350,000 couples— and about 95 per cent. of single pensioners—3,500,000—had gross weekly incomes of less than £20. Average weekly earnings of male manual workers in October 1971 were £30.93. I regret that information is not available on which304W
travelling in ambulances in the course of their duty.
§ Mr. Alison
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply on 3rd April to the hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Cyril Smith).—[Vol. 854, c.47.]