Is my right hon. Friend aware that considerable hardship is being experienced by people who are declared redundant after giving long service to firms and are not allowed to take their pension rights with them? Many of them have stayed with firms out of loyalty, and, consequently, many of the things they hoped to acquire are lost to them through no fault of their own. Will my right hon. Friend please take some action in this matter?
We are awaiting the result of the deliberations on what is a very complex problem. One of the factors which we have to face, and which the Committee faced, was that transferability should be applied to mobility of labour in every case, whether it be caused by redundancy, voluntary leaving, or whatever it may be. We want to get fully to grips with transferability.
If the right hon. Gentleman's Government will not give a pledge on this matter, we on this side of the House will. As soon as the Government scuttle, we will put the legislation into operation.