Clause 105 - Admission of new members,

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 25th March 2004.

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Amendment made: No. 376, in

clause 105, page 65, line 6, at beginning of line insert

'Except in prescribed circumstances and subject to prescribed conditions,'.—[Mr. Pond.]

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

I beg to move amendment No. 377, in

clause 105, page 65, line 14, leave out subsection (5).

Photo of Mr James Cran Mr James Cran Conservative, Beverley and Holderness

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 379 and 385.

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

The purpose of the amendment is simply to ensure that all elements of the legislation are clear and watertight.

Amendment agreed to.

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

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Conservative, Eastbourne

It might be my fault, but have we gone past amendment No. 408?

Photo of Mr James Cran Mr James Cran Conservative, Beverley and Holderness

Amendment No. 408 was due to be considered with amendment No. 376, but that was not discussed. It was for the hon. Gentleman to catch my eye at that point if he so wished, and he did not do so.

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Conservative, Eastbourne

I apologise for missing amendment No. 408, but I want to make the substantive point during the clause stand part debate.

Clause 105 in effect freezes a scheme during the assessment period. Subsection (3) states:

''No further contributions . . . may be paid''.

However, it should be made clear that that would not prevent a statutory debt being payable to the trustees. If the Under-Secretary thinks that the Bill is clear, no doubt he will explain why. Alternatively, he might think that that needs to be dealt with, if not now perhaps later on.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 105, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 106 ordered to stand part of the Bill.