Clause 3 - Accrued rights

Part of Armed Forces(Pensions and Compensation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 10th February 2004.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West 4:45 pm, 10th February 2004

Choice, be it a mix-and-match choice as the amendment suggests or the current reality of an absolute choice when it comes to opting into the new scheme, must be informed. Who will be qualified to advise members of the armed forces on that? We return to essentially the same question: who will provide that advice? The Army side certainly cannot. Will soldiers be expected to pay for independent advice?