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Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will review the indexing of the retirement pensions of the top paid civil servants to ensure that when these receive, with their indexed pensions and other earnings, incomes in excess of that received by the successors to their retired appointments, the civil servants retirement pension will be reduced to ensure that the total income received is not more than that which he would have received had he continued to occupy his former Civil Service position.

Where a retired public servant is re-employed in his former ser-

LocationNumber of postsDepartment
Bradford170Inland Revenue
Bristol1,014)Department of Environment/Transport
6)Inland Revenue
Liverpool (including Bootle)30Inland Revenue
Manchester248Inland Revenue
Newcastle354Department of Health and Social Security
My hon. Friend will recall that in answer to a question he asked on 20 December 1979—[Vol. 976, c. 306]—I announced the dispersal of a further 1,250 posts to Bootle, and the intention to vice, or is appointed to a public board or office, his pension or salary at the time of appointment is, if necessary, abated so that total remuneration from public funds does not exceed his annual rate of salary at the time of retirement—or the salary of the new post if that is greater. Subsequent pay and pensions increases are applied only to the residual amounts in payment. It would not be practicable to extend these arrangements to those who are re-employed in a different public service after retirement, nor would it be appropriate to abate the pensions of those whose appointment after retirement makes no additional call on public funds.