Biography Chronology Home Search Speeches/Statements

1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on the Christmas Bonus

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on the Christmas Bonus on 26th February 1987.


Mr. Christopher Hawkins Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list for each year since its introduction (a) the value of the Christmas bonus for pensioners and (b) the cumulative increase in the retail price index.

Mr. Major The level of the Christmas bonus has been £10 in each year since its introduction in 1972, except in 1975 and 1976 when it was not paid. The cumulative percentage increase in the retail price index for each year since December 1972 is shown in the table.


December | %

1973 | 10.6

1974 | 31.7

1975 | 64.5

1976 | 89.3

1977 | 112.3

1978 | 130.1

1979 | 169.8

1980 | 210.6

1981 | 248.0

1982 | 266.8

1983 | 286.3

1984 | 304.0

1985 | 327.0

1986 | 342.9