Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 2nd March 2005.

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Photo of Charles Kennedy Charles Kennedy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Leader of the Liberal Democrats 11:30 am, 2nd March 2005

Yes, we can certainly do it. Does the Prime Minister acknowledge that all the indications show that it is the oldest pensioners who tend to be the poorest pensioners? Given women's longevity, clearly two thirds of the poorest pensioners are women. Why does he not see the merit of frontloading the system for people aged 75 so that they receive an extra £25 a week or £100 a month, which would tackle that inequality much more effectively than at present? That is what we are arguing—why will he not argue it as well?