regulation of Claims Management Services: Transfer Schemes

Part of Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 6:26 pm on 24 April 2018.

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Photo of Neil Gray Neil Gray Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Social Justice) 6:26, 24 April 2018

It is a pleasure to follow Crispin Blunt and I wish to echo much of what he has said. Much of what the Bill does is try to protect consumers from some of the unintended consequences of pension freedoms. We welcome the Bill.

I want to use the few minutes available to me to echo some of the thanks that have been offered by the Minister and the shadow Minister to all those involved, including the Clerks and the House staff. I thank my hon. Friend Mhairi Black, who served on the Public Bill Committee, and Emily Cunningham, who diligently provided support as part of the Scottish National party’s research team. I thank the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Guy Opperman, and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen, for their dialogue—we got there in the end. There were some issues along the way, not least the delays in getting to this point, but we are where we are. I thank the Work and Pensions Committee and its Chair, Frank Field, for their diligence in bringing issues to the fore. I also thank the stakeholders who provided expert advice and briefings throughout our deliberations.

We on the SNP Benches remain concerned about some aspects of the Bill, and we have all articulated that—the hon. Member for Reigate has just done so. We remain concerned about the opt-out from pension guidance and about cold calling. We will watch closely for the developments that the Government have promised as the Bill is signed into law.