Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 7th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 6:30 pm, 7th January 2015

I am grateful to the Minister for that clarification and I certainly was not intending to misquote what he was saying. However, there seems to be a difference between the active consideration of mergers and the more passive position from the Government in that determination “may” be governed by the influence of the market rather than through what we are saying in this amendment. Again, it is absolutely crucial to us on this side of the House—whether it be on governance, transparency or the way in which duties are imposed on trustees—that while being mindful of previous situations regarding pensions and difficulties in the market, we are always looking to get best value and protect the interests of the public throughout this process. However, in the light of the comments that the Minister has made and the opportunity for further consideration at a later stage, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 7 withdrawn.

Clauses 12 and 13 agreed.

Clause 14: Statement of investment strategy

Amendment 8

Moved by Lord McAvoy

8: Clause 14, page 6, line 29, leave out “may” and insert “must”