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Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the research by outside consultants commissioned by his Department in connection with pension reform since January 2004. (102226)

Details of all commissioned research contributing to the evidence base for pension reform since January 2004 are contained in Annex F of the Government’s White Paper on pension reform (Security in retirement: towards a new pensions system, May 2006).

The following lists all research by outside consultancy firms (rather than research organisations or academics) connected to pension reform that have been commissioned since January 2004. This list includes projects involving the use of specialist academic or expert economic advice as well as research projects involving primary data collection or analysis.

Investment options in personal accounts—CRA Intl (UK)

Competition in personal accounts—CRA Intl (UK)

Research study to develop a counterfactual for private pensions—CRA Intl (UK)

Impact assessment of the NPSS on annuities market—CRA Intl (UK)

Branded choice in personal accounts—CRA Intl (UK)

Review of research relevant to assessing the impact of the proposed National Pensions Savings Scheme on household saving—PWC

Costs of capital and financing the personal accounts scheme—PWC

Research into early policy development for personal accounts—Deloittes

This list has been compiled on the basis that

(a) projects undertaken by GAD, ONS or any other Government department should not be included as they were delivered by civil servants

(b) projects commissioned by the Pensions Commission have not been included as the Commission was an independent body.