'(1) It is hereby declared that the orders to which this section applies were validly made and that the Secretary of State is under no duty to revoke them.
(2) The orders to which this section applies are—
The amendments are consequential on the new clause.
The House knows that the error in the calculation of the retail price index has had an effect on the levels of social security benefits. Indeed, in the statement that I made to the House on 18 December I set out our plans for special payments and we are pressing ahead with those arrangements. I made clear our full recognition of our moral obligation in the matter and that we were doing something about it, but the House has recognised that we were not bound legally to make these payments, and that we acted in good faith in basing the benefit rates of payment on the RPI as published.
Nevertheless, we believe that it is desirable to introduce an amendment to the Bill to put beyond doubt the validity of the levels set out in the uprating order which will come into effect in April. That will be the effect of the new clause, and it is because we want to do it at the earliest opportunity that we are introducing it on Report.
Similar considerations apply to the Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order, which likewise requires an increase in line with prices.
I believe that the reasons for the new clause are well understood and I commend it to the House.