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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) contributors and (b) customers credited with contributions there were in the state second pension scheme (i) in total and (ii) in each (A) region and (B) county in each year since 200203; and what percentage of the working age population this represented in (1) the UK and in (2) each (y) region and (z) county. 
Mr. Timms: In 200203 approximately 20 million people, representing 55 per cent. of the working age population started to accrue entitlement to the state second pension. This figure is made of 15.9 million people in work, 1.9 million carers and 2.2 million long term disabled people. No breakdown of these figures is available by region or county.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of (a) the basic state pension, (b) state second pension and (c) pension credits was in the last year for which figures are available; what percentage of gross domestic product that figure represents; and what the projected figures are in each case for (i) 2010, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2030, (iv) 2040 and (v) 2050. 
|(a) Basic state pension/basic retirement pension||(b) State second pension/state|
|(c) Pension credit|
|Expenditure||Percentage of GDP||Expenditure||Percentage of GDP||Expenditure||Percentage of GDP|
The following information relates to expenditure in Great Britain which the Department for Work and Pensions, is responsible for. Information relating to Northern Ireland is available from the Northern Ireland office.
8. All figures are consistent with the pre-Budget report 2005 and with expenditure information which is published on the Department's internet website at the following addresshttp://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp. The internet tables have been updated recently following the pre-Budget report 2005.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single women pensioners in Tamworth constituency are receiving financial assistance to bring them up to the minimum pension level. 
2. Pension credit (PC) replaced minimum income guarantee (MIG) on 6 October 2003. Existing MIG recipients were automatically converted onto pension credit on that date (assuming they still met the eligibility criteria).
4. These figures are early estimates. Operational processing times mean that a number of claim commencements and terminations are not reflected in the figures. The final figures incorporated within the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) will take account of such cases.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received about stakeholder pensions; and what reviews his Department has undertaken on stakeholder pensions since they were introduced. 
The Department receives a range of correspondence on pension issues including stakeholder pension inquiries but there have been no recent representations specifically on stakeholder pension policy.
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Prior to the introduction of stakeholder pensions in April 2001, the Government advised that it would undertake a review of a number of provisions contained in the Stakeholder Pension Regulations 2000 after they had been in operation for three years. This review was concluded in October 2004, and after careful consideration, it was decided that no changes were necessary at that time. It was, however, recognised that developments in train in the wider pensions field might have a bearing on those provisions and that it might be necessary to look at them again at some point over the coming years.
Following the Sandier report in July 2002, which looked at medium and long-term retail savings in the UK, we reviewed the stakeholder pensions charge cap. This resulted in the annual management charge being revised from 1 per cent. of the value of the fund a year to 1.5 per cent. for the first 10 years of membership, reducing to 1 per cent. thereafter for stakeholder pension policies bought on or after 6 April 2005. We also introduced the requirement for providers to offer lifestyling, the process where at least five years before retirement the members pension savings are gradually moved into less volatile arrangements.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have taken up stakeholder pensions in each year since their introduction; and what the average contribution by (a) employers and (b) individuals has been in each year. 
|Number of stakeholder pensions opened|
|(a) Average annual employer contribution||(b) Average annual individual contribution|
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