HC Deb 08 February 1985 vol 72 cc730-1W
Mr. Dixon

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of the United Kingdom population is in receipt of private pension; and how this figure compares with other European Economic Community countries.

Mr. Whitney

I regret that information is not available in the form requested. The following estimates, derived from the family expenditure survey, show the number of occupational pensions in payment in Great Britain in 1982. They include pensions for widows and dependants and those awarded in early retirement. They do not include pensions which people have arranged for themselves. We are not aware of any similar estimates for other member states.

Estimated number of pensions in payment of 1982 (millions)
Payable to people under pension age 1.0
Payable to people over pension age 3.0
per cent.
Pensions in payment as a percentage of total estimated Great Britain population in 1982 7.4

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