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Private Sector: Pensions

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many private contractors providing public services have provided a contracted out, final-salary based defined benefit pension scheme or a defined contribution scheme to new starters working on those contracts; (203325)

(2) how many private contractors providing public services have stakeholder pension schemes for new starters on those contracts;

(3) how many private contractors providing public services who have stakeholder pension schemes for new starters on those contracts match employee contributions of more than six 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 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. This code does not apply across the whole of the public sector: local government has a separate code.

Where the Code of Practice on Workforce Matters 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.