Oral Answers to Questions — Pensioner Poverty

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Liverpool, Garston 12:00, 2 April 2001

Does my right hon. Friend know how much the winter fuel payment is appreciated in my south Liverpool constituency? Unlike Conservative Members, pensioners there view it not as a gimmick or as window dressing, but as a guarantee of warmth without worry during the winter months. What assurance can my right hon. Friend give that a Labour Government will retain and build on that payment—unlike the Conservatives, who, if they were returned to power, would sneer at it and abolish it?