Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average age was of those starting to draw (a) personal pensions and (b) occupational pensions in (i) 1980, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1990, (iv) 1995 and (v) 2000. [112893]

    Maria Eagle: The information requested is not available because it is not collected centrally. As the recent pensions Green Paper made clear, however, increasing longevity means that individuals will need to consider their retirement options carefully if they are to get the retirement income they want. The Green Paper contains a range of proposals to allow individuals to both increase their retirement income through saving and extend their working lives.