§ Mr. Davidson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the role of the basic pension is in overall pension provision in the UK. 
§ Mr. Rooker
We aim to give everyone the chance to make their own choices about how they want to provide for their own retirement. The basic state pension is a secure foundation but, by itself, it was never meant to support the lifestyle most people want today. We believe the best way to have a secure retirement is to build up an extra amount on top of the state retirement pension.