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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on SERPS

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on SERPS on 17th February 1986.


Mr. Meacher Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the minimum state earnings-related pension scheme pension currently in payment; how many people are in receipt of it; and how many people are currently in receipt of £0 to £1, £1 to £2, £2 to £3 and each £ band per week to the maximum current weekly payment.

Mr. Major The following table sets out the numbers of people receiving state earnings-related pension scheme additional pensions by size of payment. Information is not readily available on the minimum additional pension currently in payment, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


Amount of Additional Pension (£ per week) | Numbers of Pensioners (in thousands)

Under 1 | 733

1-1.99 | 299

2-2.99 | 118

3-3.99 | 84

4-4.99 | 63

5-5.99 | 44

6-6.99 | 33

7-7.99 | 21

8 and over | 49


Information is not available in the form requested for amounts above £8 per week. The maximum possible additional pension is £20.87 per week.