Clause 171 - Disqualification of PPF Ombudsman from certain offices

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 20th April 2004.

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Amendments made: No. 531, in

clause 171, page 109, line 4, after 'Fund', insert

'and any deputy to that Ombudsman appointed under section [Deputy PPF Ombudsmen] of the Pensions Act 2004.'.

No. 532, in

clause 171, page 109, line 7, after 'Fund', insert

'and any deputy to that Ombudsman appointed under section [Deputy PPF Ombudsmen] of the Pensions Act 2004.'.—[Malcolm Wicks.]

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

I beg to move amendment No. 557, in

clause 171, page 109, line 7, at end insert—

'( ) In Schedule 4 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c.13) (relevant tribunals for the purposes of section 5(7) of that Act), at the appropriate place insert—

''The Ombudsman for the Board of the Pension Protection Fund established under section 170 of the Pensions Act 2004.'' '.

I am sorry to be hogging the limelight—such as it is in a Committee—but I know that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary will get into his stride later today.

The amendment makes provision for dealing with maladministration claims against the staff of the PPF ombudsman. We hope that such complaints will be few—in an ideal world they would be non-existent. However, we must make provision for such complaints to be dealt with and intend to do so by amending the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967. That will allow the parliamentary ombudsman to deal with any complaints that are made. The provision mirrors the one that is already in place for complaints against the staff of the pensions ombudsman.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 171, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.