Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Occupational Pensions on 22nd October 1986.
Mr. Wareing Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what, in the light of the recent European Court of Justice ruling in the case of Miss Marshall v. South West Hampshire area health authority, he plans to do to ensure that occupational pension schemes do not discriminate against women on grounds of either their sex or their part-time working.
Mr. Major The Sex Discrimination Bill currently before Parliament would make it unlawful for a woman to be dismissed on grounds of age when a man of the same age and in comparable circumstances would not. This complies with the ruling of the European Court of Justice in the case referred to. The Government are considering the whole question of equal treatment for men and women in occupational pension schemes in the light of the recent European Community directive.