§ 53. Jane Griffiths
To ask the President of the Council if he will make a statement on the impact of the June 2001 decision to extend hon. Members' pension plans to their unmarried partners. 
§ Mr. Stephen Twigg
My right hon. Friend has asked the Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund to consider the matter. I should remind the House that, should extension of survivor benefits to unmarried partners lead to increased costs to the scheme, we would expect these costs to be borne by scheme members.