Clause 210 - Resolution of disputes

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 18th March 2004.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Conservative, Eastbourne

The fact sheet on the clause has not reached me, but I have two questions. First: how does this measure improve on the protections in section 50 of the 1995 Act? The second question is something that, if I had got round to it, I might have tabled an amendment on. However, as I did not, let me cast it as a suggestion, which Ministers might or might not wish to take up.

We have debated the issue of trustees today and the question of recognised pensioner associations and their power to nominate member-nominated trustees for particular schemes. I envisaged some dispute about whether those people are who they claim to be, whether they are truly representative and on what basis they can be recognised. I wonder whether consideration could be given to whether one of the disputes that could be part of the resolution procedure could be the recognition of a pensioners' association in respect of a particular scheme.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

On the face of it, the proposal made by the hon. Gentleman seems reasonable. I hope that it is not an attempt to go back on the debate that we have had this afternoon. On the assumption that he is merely making a constructive proposal for something else that we should reflect on, we would be happy to do so. Given the assurance that we will examine that idea, perhaps we could move on and agree that the clause stand part of the Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 210 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 211 ordered to stand part of the Bill.