§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security by how much the pensioner's earnings limit has changed since November 1978 in(a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a percentage of average earnings; and whether he will increase it in April 1989.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Since November 1978 the pensioner's earnings limit has increased in cash terms by £30 to £75. In real terms there has been a decrease of £20. In November414W 1978 the pensioner's earnings limit was 51.5 per cent. of average male manual workers' earnings. In September 1988 the percentage was 36.4.
The Secretary of State has a statutory duty to review the earnings limit every year. We shall not be increasing it in April 1989.