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Pensions

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 October 2007, Official Report, column 2376W, on pensions, for what reason his Department’s Resource Accounts 2006-07, page 104, give the number of letters sent to pensioners between September 2004 and September 2005 as 414,427; and if he will make a statement. (173770)

As stated in the answer of 1 October 2007, Official Report, column 2376W, on pensions, the Pension Service contacted 470,000 pensioners in the target group of 632,000 up to the end of the project in April 2006.

The figure of 414,427 pensioners stated in the Deficiency Notices paragraph (note 39 of the Department’s Resource Accounts 2006-07) refers to the number of pensioners contacted between the period September 2004 to September 2005. The figures quoted therefore relate to different periods and this is the reason for the difference.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have opted to contract out of the state second pension since its introduction. (175064)

Since its introduction on 6 April 2002, around five million people have contracted out of the state second pension into either a personal pension, a stakeholder pension or an occupational pension. This figure is an estimate and based on a 3 per cent. sample of the national insurance records system database.