Select Committee on Social Security Fifth Report


Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from the Chief Executive of OPAS (the pensions advisory service) (PS 12)

  Thank you for your letter of 11 February.

  We have concentrated our review of the Government's Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill on those sections dealing with pensions sharing as we have already commented separately on other aspects of the Government's pension policy. We submitted our original observations on pensions sharing on 4 August and believe that those comments and observations still stand.[59]

  Very few of the original changes that we suggested appear to have been implemented and so we would again draw the Committee's attention to our previously suggested amendments. As we stressed in our earlier submission, OPAS is concerned with the potential for dispute and takes the view that legislation should keep matters as simple and uncomplicated as possible.

Malcolm McLean, OBE

Chief Executive

3 March 1999

59   HC 869 Appendix 17 pp. 216-220. Back

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