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Civil Servants (Pensions)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he is satisfied with the level of pension payments to civil servants.

Eighty per cent. of Civil Service pensioners this year received pensions of less than £1,500 a year and the average has been just over £1,100. I announced to the House on 7 November that the Government believe that the valuation of Civil Service pensions should be subject to independent scrutiny and we have opened discussions with the National Staff Side on how this can best be done.