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Additional Pensions

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has to encourage individuals to build up additional pensions.

From 1 July 1988 it will be possible to contract-out of the state earnings-related pension scheme through a personal pension from a scheme approved by the Occupational Pensions Board. Personal pensions will attract minimum contributions paid by the Department. These will be made up of a partial rebate of national insurance contributions and, until April 1993, a special incentive payment. In most cases the payments by the Department will include tax relief of the employee's share of the minimum contribution. People taking out a personal pension before 6 April 1989 will be able to backdate membership to 6 April 1987 and claim an extra year's minimum contributions, including the incentive.

Grade titleSalary scales (effective from 1 April 1987)
Junior Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer A13,67623,95134,33344,68555,23765,4695,5445,653
Junior Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer B24,20934,57244,89955,46965,6925,7575,867
Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer6,6866,9367,4817,6277,8388,0688,3428,6448,8989,1469,435
Senior Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer8,7639,0249,3169,6179,89510,08610,32510,61110,89511,18111,577
Chief Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer10,91211,13111,42711,70211,97812,26812,663
Senior Chief Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer12,26812,78813,16513,57313,94414,41714,963
Principal Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer14,96316,32117,201
1 Age 16.
2 Age 17.
3 Age 18.
4 Age 19.
5 Age 20.
6 Age 21 and over.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of medical laboratory scientific officers entering the public health laboratory service leave after (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) five years and, (d) 10 years.

This information is not recorded on a routine basis. The public health laboratory service estimates that 15 per cent. of medical laboratory scientific officers have left the service in the last year.