Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates he has made or received of the amount of (a) state and (b) occupational pension entitlements accrued by people aged (i) 16 to 30, (ii) 30 to 40, (iii) 40 to 50, (iv) 50 to 65, (v) 65 to 75, (vi) 75 to 85 and (vii) over 85 in (A) the last year for which data are available, (B) 1985 and (C) 1995.

Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Minister of State (Pensions Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

The requested information is not available for occupational pension entitlements.

The following table provides an estimate of the average number of qualifying years for state pension that had been accrued during a working life in the tax years 1984-85, 1994-85 and 2003-04.

Average number of state pension qualifying years
Tax year
Age 1984-85 1994-95 2003-04
16-29 6.9 7.7 6.2
30-39 17.5 19.9 20.5
40-49 23.2 28.4 31.4
50-64 32.8 34.9 40.0
65-74 36.3 40.9 41.9
Notes: 1. The sample size for people aged over 74 is insufficiently large to provide this information. 2. State pension qualifying years relate to the total number of fully accrued years for basic state pension, SERPS and state second pension. Source: Lifetime Labour Market Database (LLMDB).

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