1.In its letter to the Department of 22nd November 2017, the Committee requested a memorandum on the following point:
Given the purpose of this instrument is to ensure that the Employers’ Duties (Implementation) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 work as originally intended, explain why the free issue procedure has not been used.
2.The Department’s response to the Committee’s point is set out below.
3.This was an oversight for which the Department apologises. As the Committee helpfully points out, the free issue procedure should have been used.
4.Steps are being taken with a view to refunding all known purchasers of the instrument.
Department for Work and Pensions
28 November 2017
7 December 2017