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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 Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 2:05 pm, 10th September 2003

The hon. Gentleman is normally a fair man in these matters, but he has come perilously close in the past few minutes to suggesting that such schemes are closing because of the wicked, feckless actions of the bosses, who are grinding the faces of their poorer workers. He will agree that that is not so. Many of these schemes are closing for proper, prudent financial management reasons, rather than for the reasons he came close to suggesting.