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Pension Statistics

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of current gross average earnings is represented in the United Kingdom and each European Community country by (a) the basic pension, (b) the earnings-related supplement and (c) the total state pension, for (i) a single pensioner and (ii) a pensioner with a dependent spouse of pension age, where the pensioner had been on average earnings during his working life.

There are no comparable statistics available on gross average earnings in the member states of the European Community. As a consequence. it is not possible to provide the pension comparisons requested. Information on the different EC pension schemes can he found in "Social Protection in The Member States of The Community" published by the European Commission, a copy of which is available in the Library.