HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc879-80W
Paul Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of the basic

National pay range Outer London pay range Inner London pay range
Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
Administrative assistant 9,120 11,940 10,940 13,880 11,750 14,700
Administrative officer 11,020 14,710 12,920 16,880 13,720 17,700
Executive officer 14,770 19,920 16,050 21,860 16,850 22,680

state pension in (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c) 2030, (d) 2040 and (e) 2050 if increased in line with (i) prices and (ii) earnings. [41194]

Mr. McCartney

The information requested is in the table.

Expenditure on basic state pension
£ billion
Price up-rating Earnings up-rating
2010 42.5 49
2020 46.5 63
2030 56.5 91
2040 61.5 118.5
2050 61 139


1. Price up-rating column is consistent with Government policy of up-rating by 2.5 per cent. or inflation, whichever is the greater.

2. 2002–03 price terms.

3. Figures rounded to nearest £0.5 billion.

4. Based on figures supplied by Government Actuary's Department.

5. Real earnings growth from 2012–13 is assumed to be 1.75 per cent.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001–02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in(a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years. [57372]

Mr. McCartney

[holding answer 20 May 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Leslie) on 23 May 2002, Official Report, columns 561–63W.

David Winnick

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the starting salary is for a decision maker within the Department. [58606]

Mr. McCartney

[holding answer 23 May 2002]: The function of decision making is delegated by the Secretary of State to people in the Department who are suitably trained and have the requisite skills and experience to do the job. The salary for people making decisions is not decided directly by their role but by the normal rules governing salary progression. The salaries of people undertaking decision making duties will therefore depend upon their level of seniority and length of service and could be at any point on the salary scale.

The following table gives the lower and upper limits of the appropriate salary scales.

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