HC Deb 19 December 2000 vol 360 cc99-100W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) what discussions he has had with organizations concerned with pension reforms on the subject of widows and divorcees who in remarrying are disadvantaged in terms of their pension entitlement; [143570]

(2) what plans he has to review the system whereby widows and divorcees can be disadvantaged in terms of pension entitlement by remarrying. [143569]

Mr. Rooker

Pension entitlement is determined when a claim is made at state pension age. An individual's contributions do not constitute a personal fund either for themselves or a spouse. The rules on remarriage do not, therefore, cause disadvantage.