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Pensions

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the pension liability of his Department over the next 30 years. (75272)

I refer the hon. Member to the technical note which was placed in the Library of the House on 2 March 2006, Official Report, columns 388-90W, following a response at oral questions by the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Pension liabilities are not estimated for individual departments but for individual pension schemes, as shown in the breakdown of liabilities per pension scheme given in Table 1 of the technical note.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension. (73059)

Members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) can pay additional contributions to top up their pension either through the Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contributions Scheme (CSAVCS), a money purchase arrangement, or by buying added years of service in the PCSPS. As an alternative to membership of the PCSPS recruits from 1 October 2002 have been able to join a stakeholder arrangement, the partnership pension account.

The number and percentage of staff in the department who are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension as at 31 May 2006 are shown in the following table.

Number

Percentage

CSAVCS

1

2

Added years

3

6

Partnership

0

0