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Pensions Bill
Part 2 — The Board of the Pension Protection Fund
Chapter 2 — Information relating to employer’s insolvency etc

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(7)   

The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (4)(e) to make provision

consequential upon any order under section 420 of the Insolvency Act 1986

(c. 45) (insolvent partnerships) applying the provisions of Part 2 of that Act

(administration) as amended by the Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40).

(8)   

“Insolvency date”, in relation to an insolvency event, means the date on which

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the event occurs.

(9)   

“Insolvency practitioner”, in relation to a person, means—

(a)   

a person acting as an insolvency practitioner, in relation to that person,

in accordance with section 388 of the Insolvency Act 1986,

(b)   

in such circumstances as may be prescribed, a person of a prescribed

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description.

(10)   

In this section—

   

“company” means a company within the meaning given by section 735(1)

of the Companies Act 1985 (c. 6) or a company which may be wound up

under Part 5 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (unregistered companies);

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“person acting as an insolvency practitioner”, in relation to a person,

includes the official receiver acting as receiver or manager of any

property of that person.

(11)   

In applying section 388 of the Insolvency Act 1986 under subsection (9)

above—

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(a)   

the reference in section 388(2)(a) to a permanent or interim trustee in

sequestration must be taken to include a reference to a trustee in

sequestration, and

(b)   

section 388(5) (which includes provision that nothing in the section

applies to anything done by the official receiver or the Accountant in

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Bankruptcy) must be ignored.

Status of scheme

96      

Insolvency practitioner’s duty to issue notices confirming status of scheme

(1)   

This section applies where an insolvency event has occurred in relation to the

employer in relation to an occupational pension scheme

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(2)   

If an insolvency practitioner in relation to the employer is able to confirm—

(a)   

that a scheme rescue is not possible, or

(b)   

that a scheme rescue has occurred,

   

he must issue a notice to that effect.

(3)   

Subsection (4) applies where—

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(a)   

in prescribed circumstances, insolvency proceedings in relation to the

employer are stayed or come to an end, or

(b)   

a prescribed event occurs.

(4)   

If a person who was acting as an insolvency practitioner in relation to the

employer immediately before this subsection applies has not been able to

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confirm in relation to the scheme—

(a)   

that a scheme rescue is not possible, or

(b)   

that a scheme rescue has occurred,

   

he must issue a notice to that effect.

 

 

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Chapter 2 — Information relating to employer’s insolvency etc

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(5)   

For the purposes of this section—

(a)   

a person is able to confirm that a scheme rescue has occurred in relation

to an occupational pension scheme if, and only if, he is able to confirm

such matters as are prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph, and

(b)   

a person is able to confirm that a scheme rescue is not possible, in

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relation to such a scheme if, and only if, he is able to confirm such

matters as are prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph.

(6)   

Where an insolvency practitioner or former insolvency practitioner in relation

to the employer issues a notice under this section, he must give a copy of that

notice to—

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(a)   

the Board,

(b)   

the Regulator, and

(c)   

the trustees or managers of the scheme.

(7)   

A person must comply with an obligation imposed on him by subsection (2),

(4) or (6) as soon as reasonably practicable.

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Board’s duties

97      

Board’s duty where there is a failure to comply with section 96

(1)   

This section applies where, in relation to an occupational pension scheme, the

Board is satisfied that an insolvency practitioner, or former insolvency

practitioner, in relation to the employer has failed to issue a notice which he

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was required to issue under section 96.

(2)   

The Board must issue a notice in the form in which it ought to have been issued.

(3)   

Subject to subsections (4) and (5), a notice issued under subsection (2) has effect

as if it were a notice issued under section 96 by an insolvency practitioner or,

as the case may, former insolvency practitioner in relation to the employer.

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(4)   

Where a notice is issued under subsection (2), section 96(6) does not apply and

the Board must, as soon as reasonably practicable, give a copy of the notice to—

(a)   

the Regulator,

(b)   

the trustees or managers of the scheme, and

(c)   

any insolvency practitioner in relation to the employer, or if there is no

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such insolvency practitioner, the employer.

(5)   

The issuing of a notice under subsection (2) does not have effect to prevent an

insolvency event in relation to the employer being a qualifying insolvency

event within the meaning of any provision of this Part or of section 75 of the

Pensions Act 1995 (c. 26) if—

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(a)   

the event occurs after the failure mentioned in subsection (1), and

(b)   

had the insolvency practitioner issued the required notice under

section 96, the event would have been a qualifying insolvency event for

those purposes.

 

 

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Chapter 3 — Pension protection

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Chapter 3

Pension protection

Eligible schemes

98      

Eligible schemes

(1)   

In this Part references to an “eligible scheme” are to an occupational pension

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scheme which—

(a)   

is not a money purchase scheme, and

(b)   

is not a prescribed scheme or a scheme of a prescribed description.

(2)   

A scheme is not an eligible scheme if it is being wound up immediately before

the day appointed by the Secretary of State by order for the purposes of this

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subsection.

Circumstances in which Board assumes responsibility for eligible schemes

99      

Duty to assume responsibility for schemes following insolvency event

(1)   

This section applies where a qualifying insolvency event has occurred in

relation to the employer in relation to an eligible scheme.

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(2)   

The Board must assume responsibility for the scheme in accordance with this

Chapter if—

(a)   

the value of the assets of the scheme at the relevant time was less than

the amount of the protected liabilities at that time (see sections 103 and

112),

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(b)   

after the relevant time an insolvency practitioner in relation to the

employer issues a notice under section 96 confirming that a scheme

rescue is not possible in relation to the scheme, and

(c)   

the Board has not ceased to be involved with the scheme (see section

117) in the period beginning with the relevant time and ending with the

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issuing of that notice.

(3)   

For the purposes of this section—

(a)   

in relation to an eligible scheme, an insolvency event in relation to the

employer is a qualifying insolvency event if the event does not fall

within an assessment period (see section 104) in respect of the scheme

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which began before the event occurred,

(b)   

the reference in subsection (2)(a) to the assets of the scheme is a

reference to those assets excluding any assets representing the value of

any rights in respect of money purchase benefits under the scheme, and

(c)   

“the relevant time” means the time immediately before the qualifying

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insolvency event occurs.

(4)   

This section is subject to sections 115 and 116 (cases where Board must refuse

to assume responsibility for a scheme).

 

 

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100     

Duty to assume responsibility for schemes following application or

notification

(1)   

This section applies where, in relation to an eligible scheme, the trustees or

managers of the scheme—

(a)   

make an application under subsection (1) of section 101 (a “section 101

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application”), or

(b)   

receive a notice from the Board under subsection (5)(a) of that section

(a “section 101 notification”).

(2)   

The Board must assume responsibility for the scheme in accordance with this

Chapter if—

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(a)   

the value of the assets of the scheme at the relevant time was less than

the amount of the protected liabilities at that time (see sections 103 and

112),

(b)   

after the relevant time the Board issues a notice under section 102

confirming that a scheme rescue is not possible in relation to the

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scheme, and

(c)   

the Board has not ceased to be involved with the scheme (see section

117) in the period beginning with the relevant time and ending with the

issuing of that notice.

(3)   

In subsection (2)—

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(a)   

the reference in paragraph (a) to the assets of the scheme is a reference

to those assets excluding any assets representing the value of any rights

in respect of money purchase benefits under the scheme, and

(b)   

“the relevant time” means the time immediately before the section 101

application was made or, as the case may be, the section 101 notification

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was received.

(4)   

An application under section 101(1) or notification under section 101(5)(a) is to

be disregarded for the purposes of subsection (1) if it is made or given during

an assessment period (see section 104) in respect of the scheme which began

before the application was made or notification was given.

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(5)   

This section is subject to sections 115 and 116 (cases where Board must refuse

to assume responsibility for a scheme).

101     

Applications and notifications for the purposes of section 100

(1)   

The trustees or managers of an eligible scheme must make an application to the

Board for it to assume responsibility for the scheme under section 100 if it

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appears to them that—

(a)   

the employer in relation to the scheme is unlikely to continue as a going

concern, and

(b)   

the prescribed requirements are met in relation to the employer.

(2)   

Where the Board receives an application under subsection (1), it must give a

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copy of the application to—

(a)   

the Regulator, and

(b)   

the employer.

(3)   

An application under subsection (1) must—

(a)   

be in the prescribed form and contain the prescribed information, and

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(b)   

be made within the prescribed period.

 

 

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(4)   

Where the Regulator becomes aware that—

(a)   

the employer in relation to an eligible scheme is unlikely to continue as

a going concern, and

(b)   

the requirements mentioned in subsection (1)(b) are met in relation to

the employer,

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it must give the Board a notice to that effect.

(5)   

Where the Board receives a notice under subsection (4), it must—

(a)   

give the trustees or managers of the scheme a notice to that effect, and

(b)   

give the employer a copy of that notice.

(6)   

Regulations may require notices under this section to be in the prescribed form

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and contain the prescribed information.

102     

Board’s duty where application or notification received under section 101

(1)   

This section applies where the Board—

(a)   

receives an application under subsection (1) of section 101 and is

satisfied that paragraph (a) and (b) of that subsection are satisfied in

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relation to the application, or

(b)   

is notified by the Regulator under section 101(4).

(2)   

If the Board is able to confirm that a scheme rescue is not possible, it must as

soon as reasonably practicable issue a notice to that effect.

(3)   

If the Board is able to confirm that a scheme rescue has occurred, it must as

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soon as reasonably practicable issue a withdrawal notice.

(4)   

The Board must, as soon as reasonably practicable, give a copy of any notice

issued under subsection (2) or (3) to—

(a)   

the Regulator,

(b)   

the trustees or managers of the scheme, and

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(c)   

the employer.

(5)   

For the purposes of this section—

(a)   

the Board is able to confirm that a scheme rescue has occurred in

relation to an occupational pension scheme if, and only if, it is able to

confirm such matters as are prescribed for the purposes of this

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paragraph, and

(b)   

the Board is able to confirm that a scheme rescue is not possible in

relation to such a scheme if, and only if, it is able to confirm such

matters as are prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph.

(6)   

In this section “withdrawal notice” means a notice in the prescribed form

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which—

(a)   

states the time from which the Board ceases to be involved with the

scheme, and

(b)   

contains such other information as may be prescribed.

103     

Protected liabilities

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(1)   

For the purposes of this Chapter the protected liabilities, in relation to an

eligible scheme, at a particular time (“the relevant time”) are—

(a)   

the cost of securing benefits for and in respect of members of the

scheme which are equivalent to the compensation which would be

 

 

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payable, in relation to the scheme, in accordance with the pension

compensation provisions (see section 124) if the Board assumed

responsibility for the scheme under this Chapter,

(b)   

liabilities of the scheme which are not liabilities to, or in respect of, its

members, and

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(c)   

the estimated cost of winding up the scheme.

(2)   

For the purposes of determining the cost of securing benefits within subsection

(1)(a), references in Schedule 7 ((pension compensation provisions) to the

assessment date are to be read as references to the day on which the relevant

time falls.

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Restrictions on schemes during the assessment period

104     

Assessment periods

(1)   

In this Part references to an assessment period are to be construed in

accordance with this section.

(2)   

Where, in relation to an eligible scheme, a qualifying insolvency event occurs

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in relation to the employer, an assessment period—

(a)   

begins with the occurrence of that event, and

(b)   

ends when—

(i)   

the Board ceases to be involved with the scheme (see section

117),

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(ii)   

the trustees or managers of the scheme receive a transfer notice

under section 122, or

(iii)   

the winding up of the scheme is completed,

   

whichever first occurs.

(3)   

For the purposes of subsection (2) an insolvency event in relation to the

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employer is a qualifying insolvency event if it does not fall within an

assessment period in respect of the scheme which began before that event.

(4)   

Where, in relation to an eligible scheme, an application is made under section

101(1) or a notification is received under section 101(5)(a), an assessment

period—

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(a)   

begins when the application is made or the notification is received, and

(b)   

ends when—

(i)   

the Board ceases to be involved with the scheme (see section

117),

(ii)   

the trustees or managers of the scheme receive a transfer notice

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under section 122, or

(iii)   

the winding up of the scheme is completed,

   

whichever first occurs.

(5)   

For the purposes of subsection (4) an application under section 101(1) or

notification under section 127(5)(a) is to be disregarded if it is made or given

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during an assessment period in respect of the scheme which began before the

application was made or notification was given.

 

 

 
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