§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the arrangements for providing information about changes in Civil Service pensions to the pensioners concerned; what representations he has received on this matter; and what plans he has to change these procedures. 
§ Dr. David Clark
Information provided to Civil Service pensioners is compliant with the requirements of The Occupational Pension Schemes (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 1996. I am aware that a number of pensioners were regrettably notified late of their increased rate of pension payable from April following the annual uprating exercise. Difficulties encountered by a contractor to Paymaster (1836) Ltd, the paying agent, resulted in a failure to ensure timely notification in all cases. Payment of the pension at the revised rate was, however, made to all pensioners on the due date.