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Prison Staff (Pensions)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of terms and conditions of the pensions of (a) the privatised staff at workshops at HMP Coldingly and (b) those remaining within the Prison Service. [16550]

[holding answer 18 November 1997]: The Government Actuary has examined the pension terms offered by Wackenhut United Kingdom Limited to the staff now employed by the company in the workshops at Coldingley prison. He has issued a statement to the effect that the Wackenhut pension scheme offered to these staff is broadly comparable with the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme in respect of service after the date of transfer.The trade unions have made representations about that decision and these representations are currently being considered by the Government Actuary.