Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th January 2002.

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Photo of Mr Bill Tynan Mr Bill Tynan Labour, Hamilton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in the (a) public and (b) private sectors had access to a final salary occupational pension scheme in Scotland in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2001.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not available for 2001. The available information is in the table:

April 2000
Number of public sector workers in Scotland with access to a final salary occupational scheme 480,000
Number of private sector workers in Scotland with access to a final salary occupational scheme 440,000


1. The information is derived from the New Earnings Survey (NES) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The NES provides the percentage of employees with access to the final salary occupational pension schemes and the LFS provides information on the overall number of public and private sector employees. Due to its sampling frame, the NES probably under represents relatively low paid and part-time staff. The LFS, like any sample survey, is subject to sampling error.

2. NES estimates are collected on a workplace basis, from the employer. The LFS collects information on a residence basis from individuals. Research into commuting patterns has indicated that net levels of commuting to and from Scotland are not significant.

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