House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take action to prevent the practice of public sector pension schemes which contribute to the net public service pension liability admitting private sector employees working in non-state companies or charities to membership and benefits, or whether they will propose legislation to narrow the eligibility criteria for such schemes.

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

While the Treasury has responsibility for setting overarching public service pensions policy, individual public service schemes are the responsibility of the relevant Secretaries of State. There are very strict eligibility criteria covering membership of public service pension schemes. These are set out in regulations covering the relevant scheme. Where appropriate, regulations may allow for non-public servants to be members of public service pension schemes, but only where it is clearly in the public interest, because such individuals and organisations are providing a contribution to the relevant sector.

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