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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:15 am on 13th February 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 11:15 am, 13th February 2014

My hon. Friend recognises, as I do, that it is our responsibility to meet our obligations under the Equal Pay Act and, more generally, our obligation to ensure that there is access to equal pay. I do not know the circumstances in the Government Equalities Office. I will of course ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport so that she may respond to the points raised by my hon. Friend.

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George Morley
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 3:47 pm (Report this annotation)

Andrew Lansley, what a poor record the government have in respect of their responsibility to meet their obligations when dealing with pensioners for equal rights and pension payments. Decade after decade after decade of theft by freezing over half a million fully paid and qualified pensioners destined for poverty by the continued intransigence of Members of Parliament to correctly address this anomaly. Even now the new Pensions Bill has included clause 20 to continue this abhorrent treatment. No justice, no recognition of the Charter of the Commonwealth where most of the pensioners affected now live. No recognition of any agreement where equality and discrimination is part. You and the government should be ashamed to have to admit that you condone this policy but seemingly have no conscience or sense of morality.

Jane Davies
Posted on 15 Feb 2014 11:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Does the Equal Pat Act include state pensioners? I ask because just 4% who paid into the NI scheme over their lifetime are not getting treated equally. This 4% are being discriminated against by this government just because of where they live. Shame on all of you for doing nothing to end this injustice. When is this government going to do the right thing?