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Public Sector: Pensions

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net cost to the Exchequer was of public sector pensions in each year since 1980, expressed in (a) cash terms and (b) 2010 prices. (321900)

The net cost to the Exchequer (on a national accounts basis) of public service pensions for years 2003-04 to 2008-09 is shown in the “Contribution to TME” line of table D.1 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 2009,

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pespub_pesa09.htm

Earlier years back to 1993-94 are available in previous editions of PESA. However, data in previous PESAs are not directly consistent with PESA 2009 due to changes in data coverage and classification changes and therefore are not presented on a comparable basis.

Data on other public sector schemes are not held centrally.