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Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 8th February 2007      

34

 

Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

“(2A)    

A person’s gross earnings from all sources shall be aggregated when

 

determining whether an individual is above the lower earnings limit.”.’.

 


 

Linking the introduction of uprating the basic state pension in line with earnings and the

 

increase in the state pension age

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  nc19

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘For each additional year after 2012 that retirement pensions referred to in section

 

23A(1)(b) of SSCBA (inserted by section 3 of this Act) are not uprated in line

 

with the general level of earnings as defined in section 150A(2) of the

 

Administration Act (inserted by section 5(2) of this Act) the increase in state

 

pension age shall be delayed by an additional year.’.

 


 

Report on older workers not paying or being credited with National Insurance

 

contributions

 

Mr Nigel Waterson

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Lancaster

 

Negatived on division  NC21

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall present a report annually to the House of

 

Commons—

 

(a)    

analysing, by local authority area and by job sector, the number and

 

distribution of people over 60 seeking work and not being credited with

 

contribution credits, and

 

(b)    

on the training opportunities for people seeking to increase the number of

 

their qualifying years for receipt of a full Basic State Pension.’.

 


 

Commission on public sector pensions

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Negatived on division  NC22

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

‘The Secretary of State shall establish an independent commission to evaluate the

 

future terms, benefits and financing of public sector pensions.’.

 


 

Entitlement to a Basic State Pension

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  NC23

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall prepare a report on those groups reaching state

 

pension age in 2010 who will not be eligible for a full Basic State Pension.’.

 


 

Independent Pensions Commission

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  NC24

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State must, no later than 1st January 2010, establish an

 

independent Pensions Commission to—

 

(a)    

advise the Government on affordability issues in relation to state pension

 

provision and the state pension age,

 

(b)    

conduct and publish gender, carer and state pension coverage impact

 

assessment annually, and

 

(c)    

publish annual projections of the proportion of pensioners facing

 

different withdrawal rates.’.

 


 

Job opportunities for workers over state pension age

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  NC25

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Before any increase in the State Pension age the Secretary of State shall publish

 

a report on improved training packages and flexible job opportunities for workers

 

over 55 years of age.’.

 



 
 

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Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

Combined pensions forecasts

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  NC26

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall publish proposals, no later than 1st April 2008, for

 

the delivery of accurate combined pensions forecasts.’.

 


 

Pension credit disregard

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  NC27

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall bring forward a report, no later than 1st April 2008,

 

on the labour market disincentive effects of the operation of the Pension Credit

 

system, for people over entitlement age for Pension Credit, in employment.’.

 


 

Removal of overlap between carers’ allowance and state retirement pension

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

Withdrawn  NC28

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State must make regulations to amend the Social Security

 

(Overlapping Benefits) Regulations 1979 (S.I., 1979, No. 597) which will have

 

the effect of removing the overlap between carers’ allowance and state retirement

 

pension.’.

 


 

Category A and B retirement pensions: contribution condition

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

Not called  NC29

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Schedule 3 to the SSCBA (contribution conditions) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In paragraph 5—

 

(a)    

delete sub-paragraph (2);


 
 

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Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

in sub-paragraph (3) delete the words “The second condition is that” and,

 

for the words “the requisite number of” in sub-paragraph (3)(a),

 

substitute “30”; and

 

(c)    

delete sub-paragraphs (5) to (8) inclusive and insert the following sub-

 

paragraph—

 

“(4A)    

Regulations may modify sub-paragraph (3) above for the

 

purposes of its application in a case where—

 

(a)    

the contributor concerned has paid, or been credited

 

with, contributions, or

 

(b)    

contributions have been deemed to be, or treated as, paid

 

by or credited to him,

 

    

under the National Insurance Act 1946 or the National Insurance Act

 

1965.”.’.

 


 

Widowed parent’s allowance and bereavement allowance

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

Not called  NC30

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Schedule 3 to the SSCBA (contribution conditions) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After paragraph 5A (inserted by section 1(3) of this Act) insert—

 

“5B(1)  

This paragraph applies to a widowed parent’s allowance or

 

bereavement allowance in a case where the contributor concerned dies

 

on or after 6th April 2010.

 

      (2)  

Paragraphs 5A(2) to 5A(4) of this Schedule shall apply to an

 

allowance to which this paragraph applies as if it were a Category A

 

or Category B retirement pension.”.’.

 


 

Report on tax relief on pensions

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  nc31

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall, not later than 1st April 2008, prepare and publish a

 

report on tax relief on pension contributions, namely—

 

(a)    

the annual cost to the Treasury of those reliefs, including projections for

 

the following five tax years, and

 

(b)    

the extent to which the existing tax relief on pensions is, in his opinion—

 

(i)    

economic,

 

(ii)    

properly focussed, and


 
 

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Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

(iii)    

comprehensible.’.

 


 

James Purnell

 

Agreed to  

 

That certain written evidence already reported to the House be appended to the proceedings of

 

the Committee.

 

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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