House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the practice by which public sector pension schemes admit non-public sector members or extend admission to a wider group of private sector workers.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

On 20 December, the Government announced that staff transferring out of public sector employment under Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations will be able to retain active membership of their public service pension scheme. Allowing transferred staff to stay in their public service pension schemes will remove pension costs as a barrier to plurality of public service provision, as pension costs will be the same for both public and private sector bids.

These decisions have only been made possible having reached agreement on wider pension reform.

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