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

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:19 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 10:19 am, 23rd February 2010

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that in relation to the public sector pension, the average payment is currently around £5,000? It is extremely peculiar to describe that as a gold-plated pension, yet that is what we hear from those who wish to attack public sector provision. Does he agree that the public sector provision needs to be defended?