Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme

Part of Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [Lords]: (Business of the House) – in the House of Commons at 6:12 pm on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth) 6:12 pm, 14th February 2019

I am afraid that there is a fundamental fallacy in some of the arguments that have been advanced. I suspect that the Labour Government made the decision not to review the surplus sharing for the same reason, which is that the money that comes to the Government is then being spent to support pensioners in many ways, providing them with, for instance, free prescriptions and bus passes. It is not correct to say that the money is just sitting there.