Urgent Question on Government review of state pension age

02 March 2016

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, responded to an urgent question asked by the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith, in the House of Commons on the Government's review of the state pension age.

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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper on the new State Pension which contains more information on this topic.

About Urgent Questions

At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.

The relevant government department would be informed at once.

If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.

Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.

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