Margaret Ferrier Thank you Mr Speaker. The current review by John Cridland of the state pension age is critical to ensure that the existing inequalities in the current pension system do not plague future retirees. Does the Minister agree with me that the discrepancies in life expectancy, such as those among some of the poorest women in society and the differences across UK regions, must be closely examined to prevent gender inequalities? I absolutely agree with her that it is important to prevent gender inequalities, but equally we have to be realistic and acknowledge that, across the country, people are living longer. If we want to carry on with a sustainable and affordable pension system we must equalise the state pension age for both men and women.