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The Office for Students

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 9:06 pm on 21st November 2016.

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Amendments made: 21, page 69, line 37, at end insert—

“( ) But at least one of the ordinary members must have experience of representing or promoting the interests of individual students, or students generally, on higher education courses provided by higher education providers.”

This amendment requires that at least one of the ordinary members of the OfS has experience of representing or promoting the interests of students in higher education.

Amendment 22, page 71, line 2, leave out “, allowances and expenses”.

This amendment removes an unnecessary reference in paragraph 6(1) of Schedule 1 to allowances and expenses for members of the OfS as they are covered in paragraph 6(2).

Amendment 23, page 71, line 18, leave out “, allowances and expenses”.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 24.

Amendment 24, page 71, line 20, at end insert—

“( ) The OfS must pay, or make provision for paying, to or in respect of a person who is an employee of the OfS, such sums as the OfS may determine with the approval of the Secretary of State in respect of allowances or expenses.”

This amendment makes the duty to pay allowances and expenses to OfS’s employees consistent with the power to pay such allowances and expenses to former employees inserted by amendment 25.

Amendment 25, page 71, line 20, at end insert—

“( ) The OfS may pay, or make provision for paying—

(a) to or in respect of a person who is or has been an employee of the OfS, such sums as the OfS may determine with the approval of the Secretary of State in respect of pensions or gratuities, and

(b) to or in respect of a person who has been an employee of the OfS, such sums as the OfS may determine with the approval of the Secretary of State in respect of allowances or expenses.”—(Joseph Johnson.)

This amendment makes clear that the OfS has power, subject to approval by the Secretary of State, to make pension provision for its employees and former employees other than under the Superannuation Act 1972 (as provided for in paragraph 7(4) of Schedule 1), to pay them gratuities and to pay former employees allowances or expenses. The power in relation to non-civil service pensions is intended to be used in relation to staff transferring to the OfS.

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