HC Deb 14 March 2001 vol 364 c605W
Mr. Martin Bell

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the impact on the weekly pensions of men aged 60 to 64 who, had they been women, would have qualified to receive the state pension, of allocating to them the funds for the proposed increase to existing pensioners. [153500]

Mr. Rooker

A man cannot draw State Retirement Pension before he reaches State pension age. Therefore no estimate has been made.

Mr. Hilary Benn

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the practice of pension clawback by companies operating occupational pension schemes. [153671]

Mr. Rooker

Occupational pension provision is voluntary, and it is for employers to decide the nature of the scheme and the benefits provided. The decision as to whether a scheme should continue to operate on an integrated basis, or if not, how and when integration should be abolished, is a matter for employers.