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Public Service Pensions

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list public service pensions which are (a) self-financing and (b) not self-financing; and how much those which are not self-financing have received from public funds in 1977, 1978 and 1979, respectively.

Because of the wide diversity in the financial arrangements of of the various public service pension schemes, it is not possible to answer the question as it has been put. I shall be glad to give my hon. Friend information about particular schemes if he will write to me.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the number of index-linked pensions to retired civil servants, including local government, health service, police and prison service, which exceed (a) £15,000 per annum (b) £10,000 per annum and (c) £5,000 per annum; and in how many cases the pension exceeds the present pay for the post to which the pension relates.

I regret that information in the form requested is not held centrally for all public service pension schemes. However, the numbers of Civil Service pensioners in receipt of pensions in the range specified are approximately as follows:

Pension £ per annumNumber of Civil Service Pensioners
less than 5,000337,000
above 5,00010,800
above 10,000630
above 15,00067
I know of no case in which the pension exceeds the present pay for the post to which the pension relates.