Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme

Part of Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [Lords]: (Business of the House) – in the House of Commons at 5:52 pm on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Opposition Whip (Commons) 5:52 pm, 14th February 2019

I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. She is doing a great job here this evening. Does she agree that we are not disputing the importance of the Government guarantee? It is giving retired miners like my uncles peace of mind that their pensions are secure, and that is really important. The question is whether the Government still need to take a 50% share, more than £3 billion over 25 years, out of the scheme, when they have not made any—any—direct payment into it. Finding the best way of giving former colliers and their families a fairer share of the pension is what has earned our focus tonight, and that is what she is leading on.