Pension Schemes Bill [HL]

Explanatory Notes

Territorial extent and application

49 Clause 129 in Part 6 sets out the territorial extent of the Bill.

50 The provisions of this Bill extend to England and Wales and Scotland only, subject to the following exceptions:

Part 2, clauses 117, 120, and 128, and Schedules 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11 extend to Northern Ireland; and

Part 6 and clause 125(2) extend to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

51 The Bill also contains amendments to certain Acts that extend and apply to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including the Building Societies Act 1986, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018.

52 The Bill does not contain any provisions which engage the legislative consent process in the Scottish Parliament or the National Assembly for Wales. There is a convention that Westminster will not normally legislate with regard to matters that are within the legislative competence of any of the devolved legislatures without the consent of the legislature concerned. If there are amendments relating to such matters that fall within the convention, the consent of the Scottish Parliament or National Assembly for Wales as appropriate will be sought for them. The Bill contains provisions which will engage the legislative consent process in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

53 See the table in Annex A for a summary of the position regarding territorial extent and application in the United Kingdom. The table also summarises the position regarding legislative consent motions and matters relevant to Standing Orders Nos. 83J to 83X of the Standing Orders of the House of Commons relating to Public Business.


7th January 2020