HC Deb 18 March 1937 vol 321 cc2235-6
18. Mr. Quibell

asked the Minister of Labour how many industrial and occupational undertakings in the country have pensions schemes of their own in operation; how many employes are affected by such schemes; and what are the amounts of pensions received and the contributions made by the employes to the scheme or schemes, and the age at which the contributor is entitled to benefit?

19. Mr. Silverman

asked the Minister of Labour whether any figures are available showing the extent to which provision exists for the superannuation of employed persons; and whether he will state such figures as are in his possession?

Mr. E. Brown

I have recently instituted inquiries in order to obtain information on this subject, but I am not yet in a position to furnish the particulars desired.

Mr. Silverman

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I put down this question to the Minister of Health and was informed that certain information was available and that if I would put down the question again, that information would be supplied. I have now put it to the right hon. Gentleman who replies that I cannot have the figures.

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member misunderstands the scope of this inquiry. I sent out schedules to over 3,000 employers. I have received over 2,800 returns, and they are being tabulated. The form is a comprehensive one, and I do not expect to get the tabulating finished before the end of the summer.

Mr. Silverman

Will the right hon. Gentleman give me some indication when I may put another question down?

Mr. Brown