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April 10, 2002

Question written on 10/04/2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the numbers of contributors to (a) defined benefit occupational pension schemes, (b) defined contribution occupational pension schemes in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997 and (iii

Answered by Ian McCartney

The information requested is not available. The available information is given in the table.Contributors to occupational pension schemes in the UK — Thousands19911995Defined benefit9,8009,200Defined contribution9001,100Total10,70010,300Notes:1. The GAD survey does not separate public sector schemes into defined benefit and defined contribution. It has been assumed that all public sector scheme members are in defined benefit schemes but the figures given for defined benefit will include a small number of public sector workers who are members of defined contribution schemes.2. 1995 is the latest year for which information is available. The next GAD survey of occupational pension schemes covering the position in 2000 is due for publication later this year.Source:’Occupational Pension Schemes’ Surveys by the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) 1991, 1995.