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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr Webb b asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the amount a pensioner may earn without affecting his pension has remained at £310s. per week since October 1954?

2.   As the value of money has reduced considerably since that date, will he give consideration, when pensions are next under review, to increasing the amount of allowable income?

Mr Sinclair - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Would the honorable member please refer to part one of my reply to his Question No. 1249 ("Hansard" page 1970 of 19th October 1965).

2.   The question of extending the present limit of means a pensioner may have without causing a reduction in his pension will be reviewed as a part of the general review of social services that will be made in connection with the preparation of the next Budget.

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