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

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:30 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 10:30 am, 23rd February 2010

The open-market option is a clear way to go. We are working with some of the insurance companies to ensure that they release the funds more quickly, because there are issues about how fast the funds can be released so that an open-market option can be purchased practically, but I agree with the hon. Gentleman's point. We are doing things to try to make that easier. Then, of course, we have to persuade people to use it.