§ Dr. Liam Fox
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people are in full-time employment for each recipient of state pension; and what predictions have been made of these numbers for 1995 and every fifth year thereafter.238W
§ Miss Widdecombe
The information is not available in the form requested. The latest estimates of the future numbers of basic retirement pensioners and people paying national insurance contributions are in the table.
Year Number of contributors (thousands)1 Number of pensioners (thousands)2 Ratio 1990–91 21,650 10,460 2.1 1995–96 22,800 10,700 2.1 2000–01 23,280 10,940 2.1 2010–11 24,030 12,070 2.0 2020–21 24,260 13,410 1.8 2030–31 23,690 15,190 1.6 1 Based on the assumption that the lower earnings limit for payment of contributions is increased in line with prices. 2 Based on current state pension ages.
SourceTables 10 and 12, National Insurance Fund Long Term Financial Estimates—Report by the Government Actuary on the Second Quinquennial Review under Section 137 of the Social Security Act 1975–25 July 1990–582.
Notes: The figures do not incorporate the latest Office of Population Census and Surveys population projections.