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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Conservative, Eastbourne 12:44 pm, 10th September 2003

May I bolster the point that the hon. Gentleman is making by pointing out that as recently as this morning the Secretary of State himself gave evidence to the Select Committee on Work and Pensions? He accepted my figure when I suggested that 1 million pensioners entitled to the pension credit would not be claiming it, and he expressed a blithe confidence that, despite all the problems with tax credits and the Child Support Agency computer problems, things would be done seamlessly and efficiently when the day dawned in October.