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Occupational Pensions

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the working age population that belonged to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme in each year since 1997. (159618)

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

An estimate of the percentage of the working-age population who belong to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme by year

Number in defined benefit scheme1 (million)

Working age population 2,3

Percentage of working age population in a defined benefit scheme

1991

9.7

35,196,728

28

1995

9.2

35,365,374

26

2000

9.0

36,138,280

25

2004

8.6

37,083,156

23

2006

8.5

37,706,563

23

1 Pension scheme membership figures are estimates and are taken from the Occupational Pension Scheme Survey. Data for years 1991, 1995, 2000 and 2004 were produced by the Government Actuary's Department (GAD). Data for 2006 were produced by the Office for National Statistics. 2006 is the latest year published. The coverage of the survey is the UK.

2 Population figures are estimates and are taken from Table 1 of the mid-year population estimates and were produced by the Office for National Statistics. 2006 is the latest year published.

3 The working age population is defined as males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59.

Note:

To be eligible for membership of an occupational pension scheme, including defined benefit schemes, a person must be an employee working for an employer offering such a scheme.