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Public Sector Index-Linked Pensions

Volume 414: debated on Wednesday 12 November 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What numbers and categories of employees in central and local government and in public agencies are: (

a) currently drawing indexed pensions, and ( b) entitled to indexed pensions on retirement.

The following table sets out the approximate numbers of (a) pensions in payment to former employees and their dependants and (b) serving members of the main public service superannuation schemes.

SchemeRetiredDependantsTotal PensionsServing Members
Armed Forces24154295313
Civil and Diplomatic Services29095385700
Local Government261673281,098
Police and Fire9141132165
I regret that corresponding details for the nationalised industry pension schemes are not available centrally. In 1979, however, 5.6 million employees in all belonged to public service and public sector pension schemes together (of which the nationalised industries were a part), and 2.4 million were drawing pensions. Of the latter 1.9 million were retired employees and 0.5 million dependants. Most of these pensioners would have been receiving fully inflation-proofed pensions.House adjourned at eleven minutes before eight o'clock.