§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what plans he has to alter the retirement age for men and women; and when he is proposing to present measures to the House;
(2) what plans he has to make changes in the provision of state pensions.
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
We have issued two White Papers outlining the Government's proposals on state pension age and occupational and state pension provision. The first, "Equality in State Pension Age" (Cm 2420) was published in December 1993 and the second, "Security, Equality, Choice: The Future for Pensions" (Cm 2594) was published in June 1994, copies are available in the Library. The legislation needed to implement these proposals is included in the Pensions Bill, which was introduced into Parliament on 15 December 1994.