To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate of average payout underpinned the £400 million total for the financial assistance scheme.
None. The Government believe, taking account of available information on numbers involved, that £400 million should provide substantial help for those most seriously affected by failure of their pension schemes. But the size of average payments will depend on a number of factors, including the assistance levels for those facing the most urgent difficulties on which I refer the hon. Member to the Written Statement I gave on