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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:41 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2:41 pm, 10th September 2003

I apologise if I sounded defensive when I asked why the hon. Gentleman's mother did not apply herself. My point was that she had the advantage of having an able and articulate son to deal with the system for her, because she did not feel able to deal with it herself. Had the money been added to the pension, the process would not have been necessary.