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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of retired persons reaching retirement age in the relevant year with a deficiency in National Insurance contributions qualifying for a full Category A state pension and being entitled to a Category B state pension by virtue of the National Insurance contributions of a spouse were women, in each year since 1979; (125507)

(2) what proportion of divorced retired persons reaching retirement age in the relevant year with a deficiency in National Insurance contributions qualifying for a full Category A state pension and needing to rely upon the National Insurance contributions of a former spouse under section 48 of the Social Security (Contributions and Benefits) Act 1992 or its precursor were women, in each year since 1979.