To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the average contribution record, including credits for home responsibility of women retiring in each of the last 10 years.
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of women retiring in each of the last 10 years received a full category A pension.
The information requested is set out in the table.
|Percentage of awards of retirement pension to women at the full category A rate|
|Period ending||Per cent.|
|12 months to May 1980||16·4|
|13 months to June 1981||16·9|
|11 months to May 1982||20·3|
|10 months to March 1983||17·1|
|12 months to March 1984||15·8|
|12 months to March 1985||17·5|
|12 months to March 1986||16·1|
|6 months to September 1986||16·3|
|12 months to September 1987||16·9|
|6 months to March 1988||16·9|
|12 months to March 1989||16·7|
Source: Departmental statistics.