HC Deb 14 November 1989 vol 160 cc169-70W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a comparative table of standard basic pensions paid in the EEC countries to those who worked for national average wage, converted into European currency units by employing the puchasing power standard.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The details of how each EC member state calculates its principal state pension benefits are contained in the Department's annual publication, "Tables of Social Benefit Systems in the European Communities", the 1989 issue of which is available in the Library.

Most member states do not have a standard basic pension. Pensions are usually related to individual earnings; no EC average annual earnings figures are available from which it would be possible to provide the information requested.