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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:05 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2:05 pm, 10th September 2003

The hon. Gentleman, who is a member of the relevant Select Committee, is thoughtful and knowledgeable, and I have been following his argument with care. How does he reconcile the figure he has just given of £9 a week less for the poorest pensioners, if this money were spread evenly, with the absurd figure of £30 that the Minister quoted?