Zimbabwe: Pensions

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Goodlad Lord Goodlad Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome of those discussions.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 09 September 2019.

The correct answer should have been:

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

We regularly press the Government of Zimbabwe on the importance of fulfilling their responsibilities to all those who are entitled to a Zimbabwe Government pension. In 2016, we secured written confirmation from the Government of Zimbabwe of their responsibility for these payments. In April 2019, we raised the issue of pensions with Finance Minister Ncube and he confirmed Zimbabwe's commitment to resume payments when the economic situation allows.

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Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

We regularly press the Government of Zimbabwe on the importance of fulfilling their responsibilities to all those who are entitled to a Zimbabwe Government pension. In 2016, we secured written confirmation from the Government of Zimbabwe of their responsibility for these payments. In April 2019, we raised the issue of pensions with Finance Minister Ncube and he confirmed Zimbabwe's commitment to resume payments when the economic situation allows.

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