HC Deb 21 June 1990 vol 174 c700W
Ms. Short

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of average net male earnings the retirement pension is in 1988–90; and if he will provide an estimate for 1990–91 for a single person and a couple.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The information requested is set out in the table. The figures are not yet available to provide a 1990–91 estimate.

Basic State Pension as a percentage of average net male earnings
Uprating date Male manual workers All males
Single Couple Single Couple
April 1988 28.4 43.3 23.5 36.2
April 1989 27.7 42.4 22.8 35.1


Abstract of statistics for index of retail prices, average earnings, social security benefits and contributions. DSS August 1989.

Employment Gazette, DE.