Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Pensions

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on resolving the dispute between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its employees on that body's pension scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is a Royal Charter body and while we were consulted and in agreement with the Commission's approach, its pension arrangements are ultimately a matter for the Commission's senior management and the Trustees of the scheme.

I understand the Commission has proposed the closure of its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual in the face of rising costs. Following a period of consultation, the Commission is now considering the range of responses received but no decision has yet been taken.

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