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Voluntary Organisations: Pensions

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many third-sector organisations providing public services have provided (a) a contracted out, final-salary based defined benefit pension scheme or (b) a defined contribution scheme with employer contributions of at least 6 per cent. to new starters working on those contracts; (203320)

(2) how many third-sector organisations providing public services have stakeholder pension schemes for new starters on those contracts;

(3) how many third-sector organisations providing public services who have stakeholder pension schemes for new starters on those contracts match employee contributions of more than 6 per cent.

The information requested is not held centrally. Where public services contracts involve a transfer of staff from a public sector organisation to a private or third-sector service provider (or a subsequent retender of that contract where TUPE applies), the Code of Practice on Workforce Matters in Public Sector Service Contracts may apply. Where the code does apply, it will be for the relevant Government Department to monitor the implementation of the code, including in relation to pensions provision by service providers.