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

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 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 9:30 am, 23rd February 2010

Will the hon. Lady at least acknowledge that we brought forward a review of the default retirement age this year? The call for evidence on that has now closed and we are considering the evidence even now. In the interests of fairness, she should at least have acknowledged that. Clearly, there is a great deal of support in general for the idea that we should end the cliff edge of retirement, and we are even, as she speaks, examining the evidence that has come in from both employers and employees on this important matter.