Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Type: Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)

    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Date Tabled:
    Question: Does the Minister agree that, had proper reform been carried out eight years ago, fewer people would now need to rely on pension credit? In the light of the revelation from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) that the Prime Minister considered a proposal to build on my plans for basic pension-plus and was put off only when he was reminded that he had attacked it during the general election, will the Minister ensure that future reforms are not based on party-political considerations?
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    Member Answering Question: Timms, Stephen
    Other Authors:
    Answering Department: Dept for Work and Pensions
    Date of Answer: 28.11.2005
    Date for Answer:
    Answer: I do recall the debate about basic pension-plus, which I think contributed to the failure of the right hon. Gentleman‘s party in the 1997 election. I hope that the Turner report will provide the basis for national consensus on the way forward. There is wide agreement on the need for reform. I trust that, now that we have addressed the appalling problem of pensioner poverty with which we were left in 1997?as was pointed out by my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field)?we can build wide agreement on what further steps are needed. I do recall the debate about basic pension-plus, which I think contributed to the failure of the right hon. Gentleman‘s party in the 1997 election. I hope that the Turner report will provide the basis for national consensus on the way forward. There is wide agreement on the need for reform. I trust that, now that we have addressed the appalling problem of pensioner poverty with which we were left in 1997?as was pointed out by my right hon. Friend the Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field)?we can build wide agreement on what further steps are needed.

    Topic: Pension Credit

    Legislature: House of Commons (HoC)
    Location: Commons Chamber

    Status: Answered
    Session: 05-06

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