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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average age was of those starting to draw (a) personal pensions and (b) occupational pensions in (i) 1980, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1990, (iv) 1995 and (v) 2000. [112893]

The information requested is not available because it is not collected centrally. As the recent pensions Green Paper made clear, however, increasing longevity means that individuals will need to consider their retirement options carefully if they are to get the retirement income they want. The Green Paper contains a range of proposals to allow individuals to both increase their retirement income through saving and extend their working lives.

Not all information requested is available, nor is all available information in the form requested. Such information as is available has been placed in the Library.