[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:00 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud 10:00 am, 23rd February 2010

My hon. Friend will know and, I am sure, accept that that situation was made much worse by the mania for early retirement during the 1980s, when people were bought off, which put pressure on the funds later. It was also made worse by pension holidays. With the benefit of hindsight, allowing and encouraging them were one of the most disreputable acts of any Government. I am sure that he will agree.