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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 23rd January 2007

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Pensions Bill


 

[First and Second sittings]


 

James Purnell

 

Agreed to on division

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday

 

23rd January) meet—

 

(a)  

at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 23rd January;

 

(b)  

at 9.10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on Thursday 25th January;

 

(c)  

at 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 30th January;

 

(d)  

at 9.10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on Thursday 1st February;

 

(e)  

at 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 6th February;

 

(f)  

at 9.10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on Thursday 8th February;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 11;

 

Schedule 2; Clauses 12 and 13; Schedule 3; Schedule 1; Clauses 14 and 15;

 

Schedule 4; Clauses 16 and 17; Schedule 5; Clause 18; Schedule 6; Clauses

 

19 to 24; Schedule 7; Clauses 25 to 29; new Clauses; new Schedules;

 

remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(3)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 8th February.

 


 

James Purnell

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chairman, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

Agreed to

 


 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  62

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  13,  leave out ‘2010’ and insert ‘2008’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 23rd January 2007      

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Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Negatived on division  24

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

If the contributor has reached the state pension age and not made the necessary

 

National Insurance contributions or accrued the necessary credits for entitlement

 

to the full Basic State Pension, the contributor may defer claiming the Basic State

 

Pension and may continue to pay NI contributions until the entitlement to a full

 

Basic State Pension has been accrued.’.

 

Mr Nigel Waterson

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Lancaster

 

Not called  46

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

In sub-paragraph (2), the term “working life” includes periods where a

 

contributor is earning while entitled to be paid a Category A or Category B

 

retirement pension but is not in receipt of that Category A or Category B

 

pension.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  26

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

is in receipt of certification by a relevant health or social care

 

professional, verifying that they are involved in caring for a person or

 

persons, for a minimum of 20 hours a week, not otherwise recognised by

 

the regulations.’.

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

Not called  61

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

is certified by the local social services authority as providing caring

 

services for at least 20 hours a week for one or more people.’.

 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  63

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

is engaged in caring for a person or persons in receipt of the higher,

 

medium or lower rate care component of the Disability Living

 

Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance,

 

higher rate of short-term or long-term incapacity benefit, severe

 

disablement allowance and any means-tested benefit for which a

 

disability premium or addition has been added in the applicable amount

 

for 20 hours a week or more.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 23rd January 2007      

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Pensions Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Laws

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  27

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  40,  leave out ‘52 Class 3 contributions for each tax year’ and

 

insert ‘Class 3 contributions for each tax week’.

 

James Purnell

 

Agreed to  47

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  42,  at end insert ‘within the meaning of regulations made

 

under paragraph 5(7) of Schedule 3.

 

(5A)    

But the maximum number of tax years for which a person can be credited with

 

contributions under subsection (5) above is—

 

(a)    

in the case of a benefit mentioned in subsection (1)(a) to (c) above, 22;

 

(b)    

in the case of a benefit mentioned in subsection (1)(d) or (e) above, half

 

the requisite number of years of the person’s working life.

 

(5B)    

The table in paragraph 5(5) of Schedule 3 (requisite number of years of a working

 

life of given duration) applies for the purposes of subsection (5A)(b) above as it

 

applies for the purposes of the second condition set out in paragraph 5(3) of that

 

Schedule.’.

 

James Purnell

 

Agreed to  48

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  43,  leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 4.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 4 Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned till Thursday at 9.10 a.m.


 
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