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Retirement Pensions

Volume 81: debated on Wednesday 19 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, under the personal pension plans outlined in the recent Green Paper on social security, administrative responsibility for ensuring that all employees effect a scheme will be placed on employers; and what arrangements he envisages for the unemployed.

The proposal is that employers should be responsible for paying the minimum pension contribution to the occupational pension scheme or personal pension scheme chosen by the employee, recovering not more than half of it by deduction from the employee's earnings. Administrative arrangements are among the matters for examination in consultations on the Green Paper proposals.The unemployed are not covered by the state earnings-related pension scheme and it is not proposed that the requirement to make minimum private provision should extend to them.