HC Deb 26 January 1998 vol 305 cc113-4W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security on what date the DSS Departmental Report and spending plans for 1998–99 to 2000–01 will be published. [23954]

Mr. Field

We intend to publish a Departmental Report after the Budget which will include spending plans for 1998–99. Spending plans covering the period to 2000–01 will emerge following the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Information on the membership of current employer's pension schemes by sex and socio-economic group can be found in table 8.8 of "Living in Britain—Results from the 1995 General Household Survey", which is also in the Library. However, this table refers to all employees aged 16 and over, and not simply employees earning above the lower earnings limit.

The Government are committed to support and strengthen the existing occupational pensions framework. We wish to raise standards, and encourage the best schemes to be emulated. As part of the Pensions Review, the Government are looking at how we might establish a Quality in Pensions award to mark the highest quality occupational provision.

Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will estimate, using the information base shown on page 3 of Welfare Reform Focus File 6, the size of average(a) gross and (b) net pensioner incomes in each decile of pensioner incomes, the amount and percentage of total income accounted for by (i) retirement and (ii) other state pensions in each decile (1) on a gross and (2) on a net basis; and if she will indicate whether this information is presented on an individual or household basis. [24677]

Mr. Denham

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.