Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (122)

Joan Burton


118 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Finance when he proposes to bring forward his proposed changes to teachers' conditions of service and pension entitlements; if this will require legislation; when he proposes to bring these changes before Dáil Éireann; and when he proposes to implement them. [4378/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I take it that the Deputy is referring to my announcement in budget 2004 of the Government's decision that most new entrant public servants, including teachers, should be subject to a minimum pension age of 65 years, and should not be subject to a compulsory retirement age.

Giving effect to these reforms requires legislative change, and to this end I intend to introduce the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2004 in the Oireachtas shortly. Subject to this Bill being enacted the changes will take effect on 1 April 2004.

The changes in question will not generally affect serving teachers or serving public servants.