§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the total numbers of people in the United Kingdom in receipt of (a) retirement pension only, (b) supplementary pension only, (c) retirement pension and supplementary pension, (d) all public sector pension schemes and (e) retirement pension and a public sector pension, in 1983.
§ Mr. Whitney
The available information is as follows:
1983 Thousands Retirement Pension only (a) 7,773 Supplementary Pension only (b) 90 Retirement Pension and Supplementary Pension (c) 1,604 Public Sector Pensions (d) 2,320
- (a) Social security statistics September/November 1983.
- (b)-(c) Social security statistics December 1983.
- (d) The Government Acturary's Survey of Occupational Schemes: 1979 (HMSO)—latest available estimates.
The Government Actuary's Survey of Occupational Pension Schemes is published quadrenially and figures from the 1983 survey are due to be published shortly. Whilst no estimates are available of the number of public sector occupational pensioners who also have a state retirement pension it is likely that almost all people over pension age who have a public sector occupational pension will also have a state retirement pension.