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Asked if the Liam Byrne statement was in regards to the overpayment of pensions, the PMS confirmed that it was. Asked if the principle remained that people would not have to pay back any money, the PMS said that that was the case.

Asked if it was not a matter of importance that taxpayers had been wrongly paid pensions for up to 30 years in some cases, the PMS said of course it was a matter of importance and that was why we were tabling a WMS setting out what had happened and what action the Government had taken.

Asked if the Prime Minister thought it was right to cut pensioners income at a time of economic uncertainty, the PMS said we recognised that through no fault of their own, some public sector pensioners had been overpaid and that we believed that it would be unfair to ask them to repay the money. It would also be unfair to taxpayers to compound the administrative error by letting the situation continue. So we would be adjusting pensions so that pensioners received the correct amount in future.

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