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State Pension Age (Women)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:59 am on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle 11:59 am, 7th January 2016

This is a crucial debate not least for my constituents Jackie Williams and Debbie Watkins who are active in the WASPI campaign. My right hon. Friend might be pleased to know that the Minister responsible for this issue says the reason she cannot carry out the terms of this motion is that it would be impossible. He and the House might care to know that, as Ros Altmann, she was a very effective advocate on pensions issues when I was the Work and Pensions Secretary, and when we were arguing that the pension protection fund we had introduced should not be applied retrospectively, as she wished, I said it was impossible. Ros said to me, “That word doesn’t—”