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Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether figures to show the take-up of stakeholder pensions will be broken down by (a) age and (b) gender; [108334](2) when the Inland Revenue will publish figures to show the take up of Stakeholder Pension schemes

(a) within the target group of people earning £10,000 to £20,000 salaries and (b) within other groups. [108317]

The Inland Revenue has now received data on individuals contributing to Stakeholder Pensions in 2001–02 from providers. This data is currently being analysed and it is hoped that a breakdown by earnings, age and gender and other characteristics will be available by the middle of this year.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development regarding the pensions funding gap; and if he will make a statement on the OECD report, Financial Market Trends No. 84. [108466]

Treasury officials discuss a range of issues of mutual interest with the OECD from time to time. Articles in Financial Market Trends reflect the views of the OECD secretariat.