HC Deb 30 October 1957 vol 575 cc213-4
58. Mr. Remnant

asked the Minister of Labour the number of cases in 1956 which have been reported to his Department where trade unions, in negotiation with employers, have requested either the initiation of, or improvements in, pension schemes.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Robert Carr)

Only two such cases were actually reported to my Department. There may, however, have been other cases.

Mr. Remnant

Does my hon. Friend not agree that, first, there is at least a moral responsibility on industries to provide pensions for those who work in them, and secondly, will he consult the insurance companies dealing with these matters for a proper scheme of transferability of pension rights, so that a man can keep his pension rights when transferring from one job to another?

Mr. Carr

I doubt whether the second part of the question is proper for me to answer. On the first point, whilst circumstances in different industries must determine these matters, I would certainly support the idea of occupational pensions.

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