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State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:32 pm on 5th July 2017.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford SNP Westminster Leader 3:32 pm, 5th July 2017

My hon. Friend is a very reasonable person; let us see whether we can help the Government. We know that the national insurance fund has a surplus of £30 billion. Let us lay to rest the myth that there is a black hole. The Government Actuary’s Department’s own figures suggest that that fund will remain in surplus until at least the mid-2030s. May I suggest to the Government that they use that surplus? Women have paid in to the fund; let us make sure they get their pension, and let us do it today.