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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total pension liabilities are of his Department and the agencies for which he is responsible; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: Information on the most recent estimate of unfunded liability for the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme is available in the Resource Accounts 2005-06 of Cabinet Office: Civil Superannuation, a copy of which is available in the Library for the reference of Members. This contains details of the present value of the Principal Civil Service Pension Schemes liabilities at 31 March 2006 and the discount rate assumption.
To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of compensation which would need to be paid to those
identified in the Ombudsmans report Trusting in the Pensions Promise who would experience diminutions in their pensions if Pension Protection Fund compensation rules were applied. 
James Purnell: The White Paper Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pensions System states that the earnings link will be restored to the basic state pension. The objective is that this will be done, subject to affordability and the fiscal position, in 2012 but in any event at the latest by the end of the next Parliament. We have said that we will make a statement on the precise date at the beginning of the next Parliament.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people saving in the new personal pensions will face withdrawal rates on savings income of (a) over 30 per cent., (b) over 40 per cent. and (c) 100 per cent.; and if he will make a statement. 
James Purnell: The projections published in the White Paper Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pensions System do not model the effects of personal accounts. We will be publishing a White Paper on personal accounts shortly.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely average annual growth rate in real terms of state pension expenditure for the period 2005-06 to 2020-21; and if he will make a statement. 
1. State pension expenditure is defined here as expenditure on both basic state pension and additional pension.
2. The figure includes the expected impact of the Pensions Bill published on 29 November.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of the winter fuel payment was in each year since its introduction, in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms using 2004-05 prices. 
|Value of winter fuel payments|
|Cash terms (£)||Real terms using 2004-05 prices (£)|
1. Figures for 1997-98 to 2005-06 obtained using GDP deflator series from ONS.
2. Figures for 2006-07 obtained using HM Treasury assumptions.
3. For the years 1997-98 and 1998-99 the winter fuel payment was 20 or 50 for people receiving a pensioner premium in the income-related benefits.
4. The extra £100 for people aged 80 or over was introduced in winter 2003-04.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) between 60 and79 years and (b) aged 80 years or over qualified for(i) the lower rate and (ii) the upper rate of winter fuel payments in each year since its introduction. 
|Age||Number of lower rate payments made(£200/£100)||Number of higher rate payments made (additional £100/£50)|
|n/a = not applicable|
Information Directorate 100 per cent. sample.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of winter fuel payments were made to recipients in (a) November, (b) December, (c) January and (d) February and after in each year since its introduction. 
James Purnell: The vast majority of winter fuel payments are made automatically throughout the month of November. Additional payment runs are made in December, February, March and June for customers who make a successful claim for a winter fuel payment before the cut off date of 31 March.
|Month of payment||Proportion of payments made (per cent.)|
1. Figures for this years payments are not yet available.
2. The December payment run was introduced in 2002-03.
Annual EDS payment statistics, as supplied to the winter fuel planning and Implementation Team.
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