§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many pension sharing orders have been made to date. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
Pension sharing came into force on 1 December 2000. My Department has been monitoring orders made in the courts and is aware of 133 orders that have been made to date in England and Wales. Six orders have been made in Northern Ireland. I understand that there is no record of any orders having been made by the courts in Scotland, however pension sharing by agreement is possible in Scotland and six such agreements have been recorded.