To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of retiring people currently receive an occupational pension and what the proportion was in 1979; and what was the average value of an occupational pension in 1979 and in the latest year for which figures are available. 
In 1979, 55 per cent. of recently retired pensioners were receiving an occupational pension with an average value of £56.10 per week. By 1993, the latest year for which figures are available, the proportion in receipt had risen to 66 per cent. and the average value to £89.10.