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Occupational Pensions

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

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 (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector in each year since 1997. (167759)

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

Estimates of the percentage of the working-age population who belong to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme in the public sector and private sector by year

Defined benefit scheme

Public

Private

Total

1991

12

16

28

1995

12

14

26

2000

12

12

25

2004

13

10

23

2006

14

9

23

Notes:

1. Pension scheme membership figures were 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 were taken from Table 1 of the mid-year Population Estimates 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.

4. 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.

5. Results may not sum to totals shown due to rounding.