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Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make it his policy to secure statutory protection of pension rights for those developing dementia while at work.

National insurance contribution credits are awarded to those submitting evidence of incapacity to safeguard their entitlement to the basic state pension. Additionally, members of occupational pension schemes who leave with at least two years pensionable service already benefit from the statutory right to a preserved pension. Those with less than two years pensionable service in a scheme which is contracted out of the state earnings-related pension scheme can be reinstated in SERPS for that period. We have no plans to change these arrangements.