HL Deb 12 February 1998 vol 585 cc222-3WA
Lord Tebbit

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether Ministers may nominate persons other than their spouses to benefit from the ministerial pension scheme. [HL505]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The ministerial pension scheme is a part of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund. The scheme pays survivors' pensions only to legal spouses and to dependant children. Lump sum benefits arising on death-in-service or death-in-retirement may be paid to any person or persons nominated by the member.