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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 20th April 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE B


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

PENSIONS BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [16th March 2004].

   

Malcolm Wicks

491

Page     104,     line     33,     leave out Clause 167.


   

Malcolm Wicks

528

Clause     169,     page     107,     line     13,     at beginning insert 'alleging'.


   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

514

Clause     170,     page     108,     line     10,     leave out 'or be removed'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

515

Clause     170,     page     108,     line     11,     at end insert ', or

(c) may be removed from office by the Secretary of State with the written agreement of the Lord Chief Justice.'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

534

Clause     170,     page     108,     line     11,     at end insert—

    '( )   Subject to any provision made by regulations under section 174, the procedure for conducting an investigation by the PPF Ombudsman shall be as he considers appropriate in the circumstances of the case; and he may, in particular, obtain information from such persons, and in such manner, and make such inquiries, as he thinks fit.'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

529

Clause     170,     page     108,     leave out lines 12 to 18.

   

Mr Harry Barnes

170

Clause     170,     page     108,     line     15,     leave out 'and any corresponding provisions in force in Northern Ireland'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

530

Clause     170,     page     108,     line     26,     at end insert—

'( ) about the delegation of the functions of the PPF Ombudsman to its staff or to any such additional staff;'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

535

Clause     170,     page     108,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '( )   For the purposes of the law of defamation, the publication of any matter by the PPF Ombudsman—

(a) in submitting or publishing a report under section 172 or a determination or direction under section 173,

(b) in disclosing any information under section 174, or

(c) in sending to any person a determination or direction

       shall be absolutely privileged.'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

531

Clause     171,     page     109,     line     4,     after 'Fund', insert 'and any deputy to that Ombudsman appointed under section [Deputy PPF Ombudsmen] of the Pensions Act 2004.'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

532

Clause     171,     page     109,     line     7,     after 'Fund', insert 'and any deputy to that Ombudsman appointed under section [Deputy PPF Ombudsmen] of the Pensions Act 2004.'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

557

Clause     171,     page     109,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '( )   In Schedule 4 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c.13) (relevant tribunals for the purposes of section 5(7) of that Act), at the appropriate place insert—

  "The Ombudsman for the Board of the Pension Protection Fund established under section 170 of the Pensions Act 2004."'.


   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

516

Clause     172,     page     109,     line     11,     leave out 'the Secretary of State' and insert 'both Houses of Parliament'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

517

Clause     172,     page     109,     line     13,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

518

Clause     173,     page     110,     line     34,     at end insert 'taking into account but not being limited to remedies available by way of legal action in the civil courts'.


   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

536

Clause     174,     page     110,     line     42,     at end insert—

    '( )   For the purposes of any investigation under this section, the PPF Ombudsman shall have the same power as the court in respect of the attendance and examination of witnesses (including the administration of oaths and affirmations and the examination of witnesses abroad) and in respect of the production of documents.'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

537

Clause     174,     page     111,     line     38,     at end insert—

    '( )   To assist him in an investigation, the PPF Ombudsman may obtain advice from any person who in his opinion is qualified to give it and may pay to any such person such fees or allowances as he may determine.'.


   

Mr David Willetts
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr George Osborne
Mr Peter Atkinson
Gregory Barker
Andrew Rosindell

538

Clause     175,     page     111,     line     44,     at end insert—

    '( )   The PPF Ombudsman may refer any question of law arising for determination in connection with a reviewable matter to the High Court or, in Scotland, to the Court of Session.'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

501

Clause     177,     page     112,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Subsection (2) also applies where—

(a) the trustees or managers of an eligible scheme—

(i) make an application to the Board under subsection (1) of section 101, or

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

(b) the winding up of the scheme begins—

(i) at or after the time the application is made or notice is received, but

(ii) not later than the issuing of a notice in relation to the scheme under section 102(2) or (3).'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

502

Clause     177,     page     113,     line     2,     leave out 'that qualifying insolvency event' and insert 'the event within subsection (1)(a) or, as the case may be, (2)(a)'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

503

Clause     177,     page     113,     line     8,     at end insert—

    '( )   Subsection (4) of section 100 applies for the purposes of subsection (1A) of this section as it applies for the purposes of subsection (1) of that section.'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

504

Clause     224,     page     150,     line     21,     leave out 'an order under this section' and insert 'subsection (2)'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

505

Clause     226,     page     151,     line     1,     leave out 'an order under this section' and insert 'subsection (2)'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

558

Clause     228,     page     153,     line     17,     at end insert 'and in the application of this section to Northern Ireland by virtue of section 246(2)(f)(ii) also includes the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

559

Clause     230,     page     154,     line     13,     leave out 'section 204' and insert 'sections [no indemnification for fines or civil penalties] and 204'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

560

Clause     231,     page     154,     line     39,     leave out 'and'.

   

Malcolm Wicks

561

Clause     231,     page     154,     line     40,     at end insert— ', and

'( ) sections (Consultation by employers: occupational pension schemes) and (Further provisions about regulations relating to consultation by employers) (consultation by employers).'.


   

Mr Harry Barnes

171

Clause     233,     page     156,     line     35,     leave out paragraph (e).


   

Malcolm Wicks

562

Clause     239,     page     159,     line     12,     at end insert—

'( ) regulations which make provision by virtue of section (Further provisions about regulations relating to consultation by employers) (2)(f) (power to make amendments etc to certain Acts);'.


   

Steve Webb
Paul Holmes

404

Clause     241,     page     160,     line     40,     at end add—

       ' "organisations representing pensioner members of a scheme" means any not for profit association, or company limited by guarantee, funded by its members, representing a minimum number or percentage of pensioner members of the scheme as may be specified in regulations.'.


   

Malcolm Wicks

90

Schedule     11,     page     229,     line     6,     at end insert—

 In section 53 (supervision: former contracted-out schemes), after subsection (1B) insert—

    "(1C)   But where a direction under subsection (1) conflicts with a freezing order made by the Regulatory Authority under section 20 of the Pensions Act 2004 in relation to the scheme then, during the period for which the freezing order has effect, the direction to the extent that it conflicts with the freezing order—

(a) is not binding as described in subsection (1), and

(b) is not enforceable as described in subsection (1B)."'.

 
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