HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 cc8-9W
Mr. Woodward

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform the pension annuities system. [38348]

Ruth Kelly

For some time the Government have actively encouraged innovation in the annuity market to improve benefits for customers. As a continuation of this, the pre-Budget report on 27 November announced its intention to publish a consultation document on increasing flexibility and competition in the annuity market.

This consultation document, called 'Modernising Annuities', was issued on 5 February and is intended to stimulate discussion on annuity issues. The consultation period will run until 5 April and the Government will then consider the responses carefully before deciding how to proceed.

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