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Departmental Pensions

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability in present value terms of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is responsible; and on what assumptions for (a) discount and (b) longevity the estimate is based. (200716)

DEFRA is not responsible for the administration of any public sector pension scheme but most of its staff are members of the Principal Civil Service Pension scheme (PCSPS). The information requested and other useful information is contained in the scheme's annual resource accounts which can be accessed via its website:

www.civilservice-pensions.gov.uk

and is also available from the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the unfunded liability in present value terms was of each public sector pension scheme for which his Department is responsible in each year since 1990-91. (200717)

Information on liabilities in present value terms is in the scheme's annual Resource Accounts (since 2000-01) although these are produced under differing sets of assumptions (e.g. on longevity), so are not directly comparable across years. The vast majority of DEFRA staff are members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) and the Resource Accounts can be accessed via the scheme's website at:

www.civilservice-pensions.gov.uk

and are also available from the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for which his Department has responsibility in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement. (200718)

The vast majority of DEFRA staff are members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS). The information requested is contained in the scheme's annual Resource Accounts since 2000-01.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect on his Department's expenditure would be of increasing the employee contribution to each pension scheme for which his Department is responsible by one per cent.; and if he will make a statement. (200719)

An increase to the employee contribution would have a nil effect on the Department's expenditure.