HC Deb 20 February 1995 vol 255 c14
20. Mr. Waterson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what measures he will take to give people more choice in how to plan for their retirement.

Mr. Arbuthnot

I refer to the answer given earlier today by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Social Security and Disabled People to my hon. Friend the Member for Colchester, South and Maldon (Mr. Whittingdale).

Mr. Waterson

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Can he confirm that some 65 per cent. of recently retired pensioners also have occupational pensions? Does that not underline the great success of this country compared with practically all our European partners in developing a successful and deep-seated private pension industry, which will be further strengthened by my hon. Friend's Pensions Bill?

Mr. Arbuthnot

I can. Not only do an increasing number of people retiring now have occupational pensions, but they have them in increasing amounts. Our pensioners can look forward to a good future.