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Pension Credit

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioner benefit units have been in receipt of income-related benefits in each of

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the last five years, including the effects of the (a) guarantee and (b) savings elements of the pension credit; and what his estimate is for the proportion in the next five years. [88222]

Mr. McCartney: I refer to the hon. member to the answer given on 6 November 2002, Official Report, column 292W.


Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the net present value is of the Government's liability for pensions to be paid to its employees in (a) the public sector as a whole and (b) in the Ministry of Defence; in each case how much of this has been funded; and whether provision has been made for it in the Government's accounts. [87759]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

The Government Actuary's Department estimate that the unfunded public service pension scheme liabilities are approximately #380 billion as at 31 March 2002. It is not possible to separate out the liabilities relating to civil servants working for the Ministry of Defence, but the liabilities of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme covering armed forces personnel is #53.5 billion. The liabilities of the major public service schemes are reported in Resource Accounts, and from 2003–04, the liabilities of the smaller schemes will be incorporated into the balance sheets of employers who are mainly non-departmental public bodies.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what up-rating assumptions for the pension credit were used when calculating the spending on pensions as a proportion of gross domestic product outlined in the Pre-Budget document, XLong-term Public Finance Report: An Analysis of Fiscal Sustainability". [88210]

Mr. McCartney: Estimates of pension credit spending, included as part of total state pension spending in HM Treasury's publication, XLong-term Public Finance Report: An Analysis of Fiscal Sustainability", assumed that the savings credit threshold would be up-rated in line with increases to the basic state pension, and the guarantee credit would be up-rated by average earnings. The long-term assumption was that average real earnings would grow in line with productivity of two per cent. a year. This is one of several possible up-rating scenarios.

Stakeholder Pensions

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, Official Report, column 212W, which companies were registered as stakeholder pension providers on 6 April 2001; and whether any of these have stopped offering stakeholder pensions direct to individuals since then. [88221]

Mr. McCartney: Information available is in the table.

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Companies registered as stakeholder pension providers on 6 April 2001(23) AddressCompanies since 6 April 2001 notified that they have stopped offering stakeholder pensions direct to individuals(24)
Abbey National Life PlcAbbey National House, 287 Vincent Street, Glasgow
Allied Dunbar Assurance PlcUK Life Centre, Station Road, Swindon
AXA Sun Life PlcAXA Centre, PO Box 1810, Bristol
St Andrew's Life Assurance PlcPO Box 10,Walton Street, AylesburyDe-registered(25) as a stakeholder pension scheme August 2002 following parent company's (Bank of Scotland) merger with the Halifax
B&CE Insurance LtdManor Royal, Crawley
Brittanic Assurance Pic1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham
Canada Life LtdCanada Life Place, Potters BarDe-registered as a stakeholder pension scheme December 2002
Chamber Pensions LtdManning House, 22 Carlisle Place, LondonStopped(26) July 2001
Co-operative Insurance SocietyMiller Street, Manchester
Clerical Medical Investment GroupNarrow Plain, Bristol
Deutsche Asset Management Life and Pensions LtdOne Appold Street, London
Eagle Star Life Assurance Company LtdUK Life Tower, Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucester
Friends Provident Life and Pensions LtdPixham End, Dorking, SurreyStopped January 2002
Halifax Life LtdTrinity Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire
HSBC Life (UK) LtdNorwich House, Nelson Gate, Commercial Road, Southampton
INVESCO Pensions LtdINVESCO Park, INVESCO Park Drive, Henley on Thames
Legal and General Assurance Society LtdTemple Court, 11 Queen Victoria Street, London
Marks and Spencer Life Assurance LtdKings Meadow, Chester
Merrill Lynch Pensions Ltd33 King William Street, London
Nationwide Unit Trust Managers LtdNationwide House, Pipers Way, Swindon
National Westminster Life Assurance LtdPO Box 886, Trinity Quay, Avon Street, Bristol
National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society LtdTiddington Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon
CGNU Life Assurance Ltd2 Rougier Street, York
NPI LtdBox 89, 55 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells
Pearl Assurance (Unit Linked Pensions) LtdBox 89, 55 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells
Police Mutual Assurance Society LtdAlexandra House, Queen Street, Lichfield
The Prudential Assurance Company LtdAbbey Gardens, 55 Kings Road, Reading
Royal and Sun Alliance Life and Pensions LtdSt Marks Court, Chart Way, Horsham
Royal Liver Assurance LtdRoyal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool
The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society LtdRoyal London House, Middleborough Colchester
Royal Scottish Assurance Plc42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
Schroder Pensions Ltd31 Gresham Street, London
Scottish Amicable Life PlcPO Box 25, Craigforth, Stirling
Scottish Equitable PlcEdinburgh Park, Edinburgh
The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society LtdRoyal London House, Middleborough, Colchester
Scottish Mutual Assurance PlcAbbey National House, 301 Vincent Street, Glasgow
Scottish Widows Plc69 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
FPS Stakeholder Trustee LimitedCastle House, Park Road, Banstead
The Standard Life Assurance CompanyStandard Life House, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Teachers Provident Society LtdDeansleigh Road, Bournemouth
TUG Stakeholder Trustees LtdCongress House, Great Russell Street, London
Virgin Money Unit Trust Managers LtdDiscovery House, Whiting Road, Norwich
Wesleyan Assurance SocietyColmore Circus, Birmingham
Winterthur Life UK LtdWinterthur Way, Basingstoke

(23) 1nformation from The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority's (Opra) register of stakeholder pension schemes.

(24) Whilst registered stakeholder pension providers are required to inform Opra of any restrictions they impose on membership to their scheme, they do not have to inform the Authority of any changes to their marketing or publicity strategies.

(25) XDe-registered" effectively means leaving the stakeholder pensions market altogether.

(26) XStopped" means the provider does not accept business from individuals but does offer stakeholder pensions to group clients.


James Hay Trustees Ltd is not included in the table above because it did not register until after 6 April 2001 (registered March 2002 and de-registered August 2002).

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Child Protection Staff (Assaults)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) social workers and (b) health visitors were assaulted in 2002 in their duties in child protection. [89344]

Jacqui Smith: The Department does not collect statistics on violence against social workers centrally. However, it did commission a national task force on violence against social workers that reported early in 2001. The task force made a number of recommendations that were accepted by Government and social care employer organisations.

The early targets recommended by the task force were for employers to: undertake an audit of their organisation's ability to deal with violence and abuse, do a training needs analysis for their workforce, prepare an action plan and begin to effect planned developments. The longer term target was for local authority employers to reduce incidents of violence and abuse by 25 per cent. by 2005 and the Department is working with employers to set up the means to measure their progress. The Department maintains and updates a website that was set up under the auspices of the task force on violence against social care. It is at The Department does not collect information on reported number of violent or abusive incidents by groups of staff or by services such as child protection within the national health service. However, in June 2002 the following survey was published: X2000/2001 Reported Violent or Abusive Incidents, Accidents Involving Staff and Sickness Absence in NHS Trusts and Health Authorities in England". This survey states that there were a total of 84,273 reported violent or abusive incidents across all the staff in NHS trusts and health authorities in England in 2000–01. A copy of this report is available in the Library.

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