asked the Lord President of the Council if he will obtain details of the various schemes which member States of the EEC have to cover their Members of Parliament for retirement, defeat at elections or retirement on medical grounds; and if he will publish this information in the Official Report.
As regards pensions on retirement, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas) on 2 December 1980.—[Vol. 995, c. 145–47.] I regret that information about benefits on defeat at an election or premature retirement on medical graounds is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.