Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Pensioners on 10th February 1987.
Mr. Adley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by how many the total number of pensioners eligible for state pension has changed since 1979; and what this change represents as a percentage of the total cost of the state pension.
Mr. Major There are about 1 million more retirement pensioners now than in November 1978. This increase accounts for nearly 11 per cent. of total spending on state retirement pension in the current financial year.