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Pensions

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate he has of the additional annual costs of paying the level of retirement pension payable to (i) all British retirement and widowed pensioners aged 75 years and over, (ii) all male British retirement and widowed pensioners aged 65 years and over and (iii) all female British retirement and widowed pensioners aged 60 years and over living in all those territories not covered by a reciprocal agreement with the United Kingdom.

The figures requested for paying United Kingdom rates of benefit at November 1985 levels, the latest date for which calculations can readily be made, are estimated to be approximately

  • i. £46·4 million
  • ii. £63·0 million
  • iii. £103·0 million
  • For countries with which the United Kingdom does not have a reciprocal agreement providing for pension increases.

    asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will list each country or dependency outside the United Kingdom where United Kingdom retirement pensioners are known to live and draw their pension, showing for each country how many pensioners there are, whether they get pension increases and, for those countries where they do not, what was the average pension paid at 31 December 1986.

    The table shows the countries where United Kingdom pensioners are known to live, the number of pensioners living there, whether annual increases are paid and an estimate of the average pension paid at 31 December 1986.Pensioners living in the Channel Islands are not included as there is no ready way of identifying payment to them separately from payment to pensioners in the United Kingdom.

    Number of pensioners in overseas countries at 31 December 1986
    CountryNumber of pensioners(Includes number of widow pensioners)Average pension at 31 December 1986 £
    Albania614·52
    Algeria216·46
    American Samoa17·01
    Andorra106(2)7·90
    Angola123·98
    Anguilla6314·44
    Antigua149(7)17·06
    Argentina140(7)3·88
    Ascension Island31·82
    Australia106,531(2,735)12·94
    Austria12,191(105)13·80
    Bahamas114(4)9·48
    Bahrain18(3)5·94
    Bangladesh4,161(799)6·59

    Country

    Number of pensioners

    (Includes number of widow pensioners)

    Average pension at 31 December 1986 £

    Barbados878(26)17·69
    Belgium13,011(146)14·25
    Belize819·53
    Benin123·04
    Bermuda1258(13)20·22
    Bolivia30·48
    Botswana48(7)7·31
    Brazil162(19)4·67
    Brunei8(1)13·57
    Bulgaria95·68
    Burma59·27
    Canada66,649(1,925)13·26
    Cayman Islands29(3)15·83
    Central African Republic2(1)16·50
    Chile45(5)4·00
    China11(1)1·86
    Colombia2014·25
    Cook Islands410·74
    Costa Rica715·91
    Cyprus12,586(123)20·55
    Czechoslovakia2812·33
    Denmark1293(33)23·77
    Djibouti536·47
    Dominica, Commonwealth of287(10)14·17
    Dominican Republic147(6)18·84
    East Germany18(2)11·62
    Ecuador75·56
    Egypt46(3)5·40
    Falkland Islands and Dependencies8(1)5·12
    Faroe Islands2(1)24·11
    Fiji268·74
    Finland154(14)25·06
    France15,262(196)14·53
    Gambia731·49
    Ghana45(1)8·42
    Gibraltar1329(24)27·21
    Greece1832(67)16·06
    Grenada363(17)18·07
    Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion Island1517·56
    Guyana137(3)10·90
    Haiti128·68
    Honduras320·42
    Hong Kong383(21)11·48
    Hungary158(5)14·12
    Iceland120(4)16·04
    India5,914(353)6·00
    Indonesia21(1)1·48
    Iraq41·39
    Irish Republic145,275(3,663)24·05
    Israel12,134(67)20·76
    Italy19,007(881)20·83
    Jamaica110,951(360)24·22
    Japan55(11)6·36
    Jordan75·24
    Kenya395(10)4·55
    Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)3604
    Kuwait412·40
    Lebanon26(3)5·41
    Lesotho617·97
    Liberia516·40
    Luxembourg156(7)13·77
    Madgascar250·95
    Malawi58(5)2·82
    Malaya59(7)13·69
    Malta11,628(72)17·64
    Mauritius1104(6)15·74
    Mexico70(5)5·01
    Monaco186(6)11·51

    Country

    Number of pensioners

    (Includes number of widow pensioners)

    Average pension at 31 December 1986 £

    Montserrat189(1)15·33
    Morocco35(1)2·13
    Naura, Republic of220·54
    Nepal20(2)4·15
    Netherlands12,128(182)15·48
    Netherlands Antilles9(1)4·83
    New Zealand26,092(467)13·17
    Nigeria105(31)4·46
    Norfolk Island142·75
    Norway164(14)15·00
    Pakistan9,521(1,159)5·99
    Panama6(1)17·62
    Papua New Guinea17(1)4·96
    Peru35(1)1·99
    Philippines49(4)13·30
    Poland2,764(41)3·62
    Portugal (including Madeira)11,166(24)13·95
    Puerto Rico5(1)13·51
    Qatar9(1)3·95
    Rumania20(2)9·35
    St. Helena and Dependencies2816·79
    St. Kitts·Nevis303(9)17·08
    St. Lucia443(8)18·34
    St. Vincent286(10)16·92
    San Marino210·90
    Sarawak38·33
    Saudi Arabia34(9)4·17
    Senegal712·52
    Seychelles28(2)10·20
    Shar jah2(1)5·68
    Sierra Leone41(3)6·90
    Singapore78(9)7·62
    Solomon Islands315·70
    Somalia164(21)14·30
    South Africa22,781(834)12·89
    South Korea119·66
    South West Africa or Namibia13(2)18·43
    Spain (including Balearic & Canary Islands)115,395(586)16·58
    Sri Lanka111(11)5·60
    Sudan11(2)11·62
    Swaziland58(2)10·07
    Sweden74(5)11·45
    Switzerland11,724(69)19·71
    Syria219·09
    Taiwan5(1)16·64
    Tanzania36(1)2·94
    Thailand52(5)9·13
    Tonga39·37
    Trinidad and Tobago296(14)15·38
    Tunisia5(1)5·13
    Turkey1225(20)11·25
    Turks & Caicos Islands425·33
    Uganda16(1)0·91
    United Arab Emirates22(6)7·70

    Title

    Location

    Principal Researchers

    Expected duration

    Comments

    Nutritional Survey into fat soluble vitaminsWolfson Research Laboratories, Department of Clinical Chemistry, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, BirminghamDr. D. I. ThurnhamJanuary 1984 to March 1988

    Country

    Number of pensioners

    (Includes number of widow pensioners)

    Average pension at 31 December 1986 £

    USA137,697(1,132)19·98
    USSR769(7)11·31
    Uruguay17(1)3·70
    Vanuata (New Hebrides)23·25
    Venezuela272·65
    Virgin Islands37(7)9·47
    Western Samoa8(3)23·82
    West Germany110,123(1,009)15·60
    Yemen Arab Republic (North)902(63)14·15
    Yemen People's Democratic Republic of (South)121(10)15·07
    Yugoslavia1989(30)32·75
    Zaire50·25
    Zambia117(12)3·40
    Zimbabwe4,122(162)5·12

    1 Indicates pension increases paid.

    Note.—The above figures do not include 5,453 retirement pensioners and 241 widow beneficiaries residing abroad (other than in the Irish Republic) to whom the Department is making payment on behalf of the Northern Ireland authorities.