HC Deb 22 January 1974 vol 867 cc251-2W
Mrs. MacDonald

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to ensure that retirement pensions in Scotland have the equivalent purchasing power to those elsewhere in the United Kingdom, in view of the fact that living costs are higher in Scotland, and having due regard to climatic factors.

Mr. Dean

No. The National Insurance Scheme is a contributory one and people in all parts of the country pay the same rates of contributions to qualify for the same rates of benefit.