§ Mr. Morley
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the public sector occupational pensions that formerly had facilities for payment through Post Office Counters Ltd. which have been withdrawn in the last 18 months.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Those public sector occupational pensions administered by the Paymaster General's Office —that is, the national health service, England and Wales; national health service, Scotland and the principal civil service pension scheme—had this facility withdrawn on 1 April 1993. Fifty-nine thousand pensioners were affected.
However, special arrangements were made to open a Girobank account for those pensioners who wished to continued to draw their pension at a post office.