HL Deb 06 March 2000 vol 610 cc127-8WA
Lord Davies of Coity

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the future status of the NHS Pensions Agency. [HL1416]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)

A quinquennial review of the NHS Pensions Agency completed in 1998 concluded that the agency had performed well since it was established and in particular had successfully implemented a major programme of change to improve efficiency and the quality of service to all its customers. We are placing a copy of the report in the Library today.

In the first instance we have decided to leave administration of the core NHS Superannuation Scheme within the agency but we have committed them to outsource, under one facilities management contract, the agency's support and ancillary services. This contract will cover at least 55 per cent of the agency's current running costs. We have tasked the agency in partnership with the supplier to secure further improvements in efficiency that approach the best returns forecast by the review for full contractorisation.