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Points of Order: Summer Adjournment (22 July 2008) has video

Michael Penning: ..., and I will discuss the Post Office's future shortly. However, since Christmas, a couple of events have taken place in my constituency that I would like to bring to the House's attention. On the Dexion front, 700 of my constituents had their pensions stolen from them five years ago. After five years of campaigning, before I was a Member of Parliament and subsequently, with all those...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Pensioner Poverty (4 June 2008) has video

Michael Penning: ...do something, are those who would have paid only 10p in the pound before, and who are now going to have to pay 20p. They are the most vulnerable pensioners—in my constituency, they worked for Dexion—who earned the lowest amount, but they are now going to be hammered. That is not compensation; that is vindictiveness.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Existing pension provision (22 April 2008) has video

Michael Penning: ...is not huge faith in pensions. We know all too well how many people who come to our surgeries are concerned about the issue. That is true not just in my constituency, which has been affected by the Dexion situation and occupational pension scheme issues. Pension schemes in general are not the flavour of the month. The purpose of the provisions is to encourage more people to come into the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pensioner Benefits (31 March 2008) has video

Michael Penning: Will the Minister confirm that many of my constituents who formerly worked for Dexion and had their pensions stolen from them no longer need to take up benefits, because they will receive compensation from the financial assistance scheme? Will he confirm that the Treasury will not—as a result of Government delay in giving my constituents the compensation that they deserve—take up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Allied Steel and Wire (7 January 2008) has video

Michael Penning: ...has been paid, after five years, to the 140,000 pensioners who had their pensions stolen was the work of Ros Altmann, who campaigned for five years with, in my constituency, the teams of former Dexion workers led by Peter and Jackie Humphrey? Without five years of action, the compensation that the pensioners deserve would not have happened. Will the right hon. Gentleman join me in...

Orders of the Day: Pensions Bill (17 July 2007) has video

Michael Penning: ...accusing hon. Members of jumping on to bandwagons or trying to gain political profit from this affair is, quite frankly, sick. As I say, we all know what is right and wrong here. I was approached by my Dexion group long before I became MP for my area. I read its file—a deep and long one—and its members tested me out, as I have said before, as to whether I had or had not read...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme (4 June 2007)

Michael Penning: ...moments ago that more than 100,000 beneficiaries of the FAS scheme are now getting the money, but how many of the 125,000 are getting their full entitlement under the scheme and how many of the 700 Dexion workers whose pensions were stolen from them have received the full amount that they were promised?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme (23 April 2007)

Michael Penning: ...trade unions, the Secretary of State and the Chancellor, can I ask whether any people who were not members of trade unions were present? Many of the people who have lost their pensions, including the Dexion workers in my constituency, are not trade union members and were not invited to this little gathering.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 38 — Financial assistance scheme: increased levels of payments (18 April 2007)

Michael Penning: I stood on a manifesto, defending the Dexion workers, in which we said that we would compensate them from the unclaimed assets. That was in our manifesto, and that is what we stood on.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 38 — Financial assistance scheme: increased levels of payments (18 April 2007)

Michael Penning: ...a thing to happen? At the risk of sounding like an alcoholic, I shall mention beer again. I am very proud to have bought the last pint enjoyed by a gentleman called David Cheshire. He had worked for the Dexion group for many years and, just after the company announced that it was insolvent and that his pension would be lost, he was diagnosed with untreatable, terminal cancer. A week before...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 38 — Financial assistance scheme: increased levels of payments (18 April 2007)

Michael Penning: ...(Mr. Field) throughout the campaign. The issue was brought to my attention when I was a parliamentary candidate in Hemel Hempstead some six years ago. Just after I was selected, the former Dexion workers committee came to see me. They asked me to read their file—it was about 6 in deep—and give them my opinion on whether they had been treated fairly and with dignity, whether...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 38 — Financial assistance scheme: increased levels of payments (18 April 2007)

Michael Penning: My hon. Friend is very generous in giving way. The reason that this is so urgent—the Minister will remember that he met the widows of members of the Dexion scheme and other pension schemes who lost their husbands since the schemes collapsed—is that those people are in the lobbies today. They need help today, not after a review, and they should not be fobbed off yet again.

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Occupational Pensions (17 April 2007)

Michael Penning: I am pleased to see the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Front Bench to hear this intervention. Is my hon. Friend aware that Peter Humphreys, who heads the Dexion compensation team, is in intensive care suffering from a very difficult illness? He phoned me from there today to ask me to bang heads together across the House to support tomorrow's amendment, which has cross-party...

Business of the House: Occupational Pensions (22 February 2007)

Michael Penning: ...State for his statement, and for the Government's considerations on the money, which will help in respect of the compensation and the court costs. However, in my constituency there are almost 700 Dexion workers—as the Secretary of State knows because he has met a delegation of them—and they will be deeply disappointed that there is to be more delay. They thought that after the...

Orders of the Day: Pensions Bill (16 January 2007)

Michael Penning: ...a result of mistakes in DLA. The Minister would not expect me to make a speech about occupational pensions without mentioning the theft of pensions from 65,000 pensioners, not least the 700 former Dexion workers in my constituency. That is important to this debate, because it is about trust. The Government have made a huge assumption that many people will open a personal account or a...

Estimates Day — [1st Allotted Day] — Supplementary Estimates 2006-07: Occupational Pensions (7 December 2006)

Michael Penning: ..., it would seem, to put the ombudsman on trial. However, I shall not waste time discussing that; the members of the public who have been listening to this debate, and the 700 members of the former Dexion scheme, will have heard that for themselves. I pay tribute to the Chairman of the Select Committee and to the ombudsman for a brave report and for sticking to their guns. There is an...

Point of Order: Pensions Reform (27 June 2006)

Michael Penning: ...result. Indeed, they have every reason not to believe or trust in pension schemes, given what has gone on over recent years. About four years ago, when I was a parliamentary candidate, the former Dexion workers in my constituency asked for my support in their campaign for natural justice in respect of the pensions that had been stolen from them. I sat with them for three days and went...

Occupational Pensions (16 March 2006)

Michael Penning: In good faith, I took a delegation of the 700 Dexion workers who had had their pensions stolen from them to see the Secretary of State. I have spoken to members of the delegation this morning, and they feel betrayed. At no time during the meeting did the Secretary of State indicate that the Government would ignore the advice of the ombudsman. This is a bad day for Parliament. If that kind of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme (6 February 2006)

Michael Penning: Through the Minister, may I thank the Secretary of State for meeting a delegation of former Dexion workers from my constituency, 700 of whom have had their pensions stolen? Is there any sign of when they are likely to receive compensation through the financial assistance scheme?

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Dexion Workers (8 November 2005)

Michael Penning: To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet former Dexion workers from Hemel Hempstead.

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