§ Mr. Webb
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proposals he has to require annuity rates to be equalised between men and women. 
§ Mr. Timms
There is already a requirement to purchase a unisex annuity in respect of any protected rights in occupational and personal pensions.
To extend this further could have effects on the annuity market and those possible effects would have to be examined carefully before making any changes to the existing requirement.