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Social Security Review

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he made in preparing the Green Paper on Social Security of the cost of the state earnings related pension scheme in 2034 as a percentage of gross domestic product on the assumption that the future rate of growth would be the average of (a) the years 1953 to 1973 and (b) the years 1979 to 1984, respectively.

No forecasts were made of the cost of the state earnings-related pension scheme using assumptions given in the question.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what consultations with employers operating occupational pensions schemes he had (a) before and (b) since the publication of his social security reviews; and what was the nature of their advice.

A large number of employers and organisations representing them gave evidence to the inquiry into provision for retirement. The evidence contained a wide range of views on pensions issues. Organisations representing employers have also been asked to comment on proposals on pensions in the Green Paper on the "Reform of Social Security" (Cmnd. 9517).

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish, in accordance with the Croham directive, all background papers prepared for his recent study on the reform of social security.

Volume 3 of the Green Paper, "Reform of Social Security", (Cmnd. 9519) contains a number of background papers to the review. A very large amount of material was submitted in evidence to the review. Those who gave evidence are free to publish it and many have done so.