Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (122)

Joan Burton

Question:

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.