Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden): Does the right hon. Gentleman recall using the lowest possible index to increase state pensions last year and the highest possible index to raise duty on petrol last year? Does he further recall saying that any concessions on fuel tax would mean no more money for pensioners? Can he now explain to us at what point the Chancellor of the Exchequer decided to do a double U-turn?

    Mr. Rooker: We considered many issues in relation to the uprating that we announced. We did not use an index.