HC Deb 22 February 1978 vol 944 cc681-2W
Mr. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on differences of rights between male and female teachers in payment of superannuation or refund of contributions to dependants.

Mr. Harry Ewing

The widow of a married male teacher has an automatic right to a widow's pension whereas a widower of a female teacher must have been nominated by her as dependent. The provision for widowers is in line with the majority of public service pension schemes and is in accordance with the Occupational Pension Board's recommendations in its report "Equal Status for Men and Women in Occupational Pension Schemes" (Cmnd. 6599) and the Government's acceptance of them.

A single male teacher or female teacher may nominate for pension a person who is wholly or mainly dependent—for example, a parent; this right is not available to married male teachers.

Children's pensions are payable in respect of both male and female teachers if there is dependency, but dependency is assumed in the case of a male teacher's own children.

There is no difference between male and female teachers where a refund of contributions is payable to personal representatives.