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Forces Widows’ Pensions (Equality of Treatment) Bill


 

Forces Widows’ Pensions (Equality of Treatment) Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Equality of treatment

2   

Regulations

3   

Expenses

4   

Interpretation

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Short title

 

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Forces Widows’ Pensions (Equality of Treatment) Bill

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A

Bill

To

Provide for the equal treatment of Forces Widows’ pensions in respect of

retirement from military service for the periods before 1973 and between 1973

and 2005; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Equality of treatment

(1)   

The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of the date on which this Act is

passed, make regulations relating to armed forces pensions in accordance with

subsection (2).

(2)   

Regulations made under this section must provide for pensions paid to

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surviving spouses and civil partners of deceased armed forces personnel who

retired from service—

(a)   

before 31 March 1973, and

(b)   

between 31 March 1973 and 6 April 2005,

   

to be calculated and paid on the same basis.

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(3)   

For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Act shall affect the provision of

pensions under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/438).

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Regulations

(1)   

Regulations made under section 1 shall be made by statutory instrument which

shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of

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Parliament.

(2)   

Regulations under this Act may make—

(a)   

any supplementary, incidental or consequential provision,

(b)   

any transitory, transitional or saving provision,

   

which the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient for the purposes

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of, in consequence of or for giving full effect to the provisions of this Act.

 

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(3)   

The provisions which may be made under subsection (2) includes provision

amending or repealing any enactment or instrument.

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Expenses

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament

(a)   

any sums to be paid by the Secretary of State for or in connection with the

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carrying out of his functions under this Act; and

(b)   

any increase attributable to this Act in the sums which are payable out of

money so provided under any other Act.

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Interpretation

In this Act—

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“armed forces” means the naval, military or air forces of the Crown, but

not the reserve forces,

“reserve forces” has the same meaning as in the Reserve Forces Act 1996

(c. 14).

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Short title

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This Act may be cited as the Forces Widows’ Pensions (Equality of Treatment)

Act 2008.

 
 

 

 
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