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Written Question
Historic Royal Palaces: Pensions
Monday 15th June 2020

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Historic Royal Palaces and (b) their staff and trades union representatives on their decision to cut employer pension contributions to 6.5 per cent.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

The Secretary of State has had no specific discussions with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) or their staff and trades union representatives on cuts to employer pension contributions. HRP has responsibility for the recruitment, remuneration, development, retention and motivation of its own staff.


Written Question
Historic Royal Palaces: Pensions
Monday 15th June 2020

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives from Historic Royal Palaces on reinstating employer pension contributions at the level they were prior to the covid-19 outbreak; and if his Department will take steps to compensate workers affected by reductions in employer pension contributions introduced by that organisation in June 2020.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

The Secretary of State has had no such discussions with HRP on reinstating pension contributions in respect of HRP’s staff, which is a matter for HRP to consider in consultation with their staff, as appropriate, in-line with the affordability of any such measures and their obligations as employers.


Written Question
Historic Royal Palaces: Occupational Pensions
Tuesday 20th November 2018

Asked by: Alex Norris (Labour (Co-op) - Nottingham North)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) staff representatives and (b) management of Historic Royal Palaces on the proposed closure of the Defined Benefits Pensions Scheme.

Answered by Michael Ellis - Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)

DCMS officials discussed the closure of the Defined Benefits Pension Scheme with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) officials towards the end of 2017. The Department was also presented with HRP’s Operating Plan 2018- 2021 by the Chief Executive of HRP which contained information on the closure.