Civil Nuclear Police Authority (State Pension Age)

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian 12:00 am, 12th December 2017

What assessment he has made of the potential merits of serving officers in the Civil Nuclear Police Authority being exempted from the planned increase in the state pension age for public servants in April 2019.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The pension age for civil nuclear constabulary officers was agreed by Parliament in 2013. I have met both the chief constable and the chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority to hear their concerns about the planned increase to the pension age. After listening to their concerns, my officials are preparing an equality impact assessment. Additionally, I have arranged to meet the Civil Nuclear Police Federation early in the new year.

Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian

Stuart, a firearms officer in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary who works in Torness in my constituency, asks, like many such officers, why he is any different from the police who protect us from terrorists on the street when he is protecting a cornerstone of our power industry.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

I have heard the hon. Gentleman’s point before. It is a valid one and, as I said, I am looking into it.