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Pensions

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of the basic state pension in each quarter from the first quarter of 1990 to the third quarter of 2006; how many lived abroad in each period; and if he will make a statement. (102081)

The information requested is not available. Such information as is available is in the following table.

GB total

Overseas total

March 2006

10,429,200

973,900

September 2005

10,416,200

964,100

March 2005

10,450,300

971,900

September 2004

10,408,800

964,800

March 2004

10,313,400

948,400

September 2003

10,291,500

931,000

March 2003

10,225,800

912,400

September 2002

10,197,400

895,300

March 2002

10,149,300

872,600

September 2001

10,146,500

870,400

March 2001

10,087,200

850,800

September 2000

10,069,600

842,400

March 2000

10,034,000

826,100

September 1999

10,013,200

821,100

March 1999

9,938,800

792,200

September 1998

March 1998

9,839,400

773,600

September 1997

9,800,700

759,400

March 1997

9,700,400

747,500

September 1996

9,680,500

731,800

March 1996

9,575,400

718,900

September 1 995

9,548,200

703,200

March 1995

9,469,300

685,200

Notes:

1. Data are taken from 5 per cent. sample, therefore figures are subject to a degree of sampling variation. They are also adjusted to be consistent with the overall caseload from the WPLS.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

3. No data for September 1998 are available.

4. Basic state pension data are not available prior to March 1995.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total pension liabilities are of his Department and the agencies for which he is responsible; and if he will make a statement. (102162)

Information on the most recent estimate of unfunded liability for the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme is available in the Resource Accounts 2005-06 of Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation, a copy of which is available in the Library for the reference of Members. This contains details of the present value of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme’s liabilities at 31 March 2006 and the discount rate assumption.

Cabinet Office do not think it practicable to break down the schemes liabilities by Department.

To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of compensation which would need to be paid to those identified in the Ombudsman’s report “Trusting in the Pensions Promise” who would experience diminutions in their pensions if Pension Protection Fund compensation rules were applied. (102172)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer given to him on 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1204-05W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for reinstating the earnings link for uprating the basic state pension. (107447)

The White Paper “Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pensions System” states that the earnings link will be restored to the basic state pension. The objective is that this will be done, subject to affordability and the fiscal position, in 2012 but in any event at the latest by the end of the next Parliament. We have said that we will make a statement on the precise date at the beginning of the next Parliament.

This commitment is set out in the Pensions Bill which was published on 29 November.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people saving in the new personal pensions will face withdrawal rates on savings income of (a) over 30 per cent., (b) over 40 per cent. and (c) 100 per cent.; and if he will make a statement. (103990)

The projections published in the White Paper “Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pensions System” do not model the effects of personal accounts. We will be publishing a White Paper on personal accounts shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely average annual growth rate in real terms of state pension expenditure for the period 2005-06 to 2020-21; and if he will make a statement. (101292)

It is estimated that the likely average annual growth rate in real terms of state pension expenditure for the period 2005-06 to 2020-21 will be 3.0 per cent.

Notes:

1. State pension expenditure is defined here as expenditure on both basic state pension and additional pension.

2. The figure includes the expected impact of the Pensions Bill published on 29 November.