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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 15th May 2002.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall 3:38 pm, 15th May 2002

I agree completely with the hon. Gentleman's analysis. Does he agree that many of our most elderly and vulnerable pensioners find it extremely difficult to deal with any type of officialdom at any time? Does he share my anxiety that money will be spent on trying to force those people to change over and stop collecting their pension in cash every week? It is a form of coercion. Does he agree that it would be wrong for a penny of Government or Consignia money to be spent on making people—especially the elderly—give up that choice?