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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of working-age (a) adults, (b) men and (c) women in the UK are members of a stakeholder pension plan. [111158]

Specific data on the number of individuals contributing to a stakeholder pension will not be available until the middle of the year. However, latest figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) state that 1.25 million stakeholder pensions had been sold up to the end of December 2002, of which an estimated 97 per cent. had been bought for individuals of working age, (56 per cent. men and 44 per cent. women). ABI figures show the number of stakeholder pension policies sold, not the number of individuals who have taken out a stakeholder pension. People are allowed to hold more than one stakeholder pension.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2003, Official Report, columns 687–88W, on pension schemes, what checks he has carried out on the data given for the number of pension schemes that have completed winding-up and the number of members of those schemes, between 1997 and 2002. [112639]

The data used for the answer of 11 February 2003, Official Report, columns 687–88W, were supplied by the Pension Schemes Registry (PSR). The PSR ensured that the data provided in answer to this question were correct at that time and within the limitations that the PSR have when providing data, as explained in the answer.The PSR analysed the data scripts produced to ensure that the relevant schemes had been counted. They also compared the revised figures against previous figures supplied in response to requests for pension scheme wind up statistics. This comparison allowed for the time difference since previous figures.Data supplied by the PSR are not designed or intended to provide a statistical record of the number of schemes which wind up. The PSR registers schemes for tracing purposes and collects the levy from pension schemes, including those in the process of winding up. New scheme data are being reported to the PSR on a continuous basis, so the figures are subject to daily revision. Any figures provided are a snapshot of a particular time.The figures provided in the answer of 11 February 2003,

Official Report, columns 687–88W, replaced those issued in the answer of 18 December 2002, Official

Customers sent home unseen from Medical Services Examination Centres between 1 May 2002 and 28 February 2003, broken down by reason


May 2002

June 2002

July 2002

August 2002

September 2002

October 2002

November 2002

December 2002

January 2003

February 2003

Doctor productivity77664040478190385652
Doctor cancelled116109194171116168177109181168
Doctor ill9120202142318010111386111
More claimants attended than doctors could manage to see76059765187211201,2361,180585827705
Case mix problem (some cases take longer than others)1411142018152881927

No interpreter available

File not at Medical Services Examination Centre73551088011311076797951
Doctor mismatch (not specialised in required medical area)35464135374033322729
Claimant called in error (didn't require examination)44294541465340313456
Doctor booked but not informed733114014226116
Claimant requested same-gender doctor8300000160
Claimant unfit to be seen22171219222726153480
Claimant arrived too late for appointment (greater than 30 minutes)636149586794896854116
Claimant would not wait (less than 30 minutes)26401724364533256598
Claimant would not wait (greater than 30 minutes)176111168155159308289189180216
Inadequate information provided to Medical Services.5875128714716
Accommodation problem (eg power failure at site)21011242518891213
Total not seen1,5501,2181,4121,7892,1102,3242,4321,3521,7191,789
Total seen51,51040,74249,61647,67352,81559,79255,44941,04751,70449,763
Total seen as proportion of those who attended (percentage)97.0897.1097.2396.3896.1696.2695.8096.8196.7896.53


Medical Provision and Contracting Team management information.

Report, column 859. Additional procedures were introduced to prevent a recurrence of the problem with the reply of 18 December 2002, Official Report, column 859. These procedures ensure that confirmation is received from the IT contractor that the data supplied reflect the data requested, data request is attached to the data script, comparisons are made with previous data, an additional manual check is made of the information and a control record is completed.

A long-term objective is to introduce a new system to provide data which the new kind of regulator will use to discharge its new functions. The specification for this new system will emerge from work to develop the new kind of regulator.