HC Deb 31 July 1981 vol 9 c577W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will set out in a table contributions by the following to the mineworkers' pension fund in each of the last 10 years (a) the Government (b) the National Coal Board and (c) participants.

Mr. John Moore

In accordance with the Coal Industry Act 1973 and the National Coal Board (Finance) Act 1976 the Government have made contributions to the NCB in reimbursement of certain payments made by the NCB to the mineworkers' pension scheme, as follows:

Financial Year Government reimbursement to NCB

£ million

1973–74 8.3
1974–75 8.3
1975–76 18
1976–77 28.2
1977–78 34
1978–79 36.15
1979–80 41.08
1980–81 49.28

My hon. Friend is referred to the published annual report and accounts of the mineworkers' pension scheme, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, for further information concerning contributions to the scheme by employees and the board.