I beg to move amendment No. 558, in
clause 228, page 153, line 17, at end insert
'and in the application of this section to Northern Ireland by virtue of section 246(2)(f)(ii) also includes the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland'.
The amendment expands the definition of ''relevant authority'' in so far as this clause extends to Northern Ireland. The current definition of relevant authority comprises the board, the pensions regulator and the Secretary of State. The amendment provides that the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland, which is responsible for pensions matters in Northern Ireland, will also be a relevant authority. This means that the provisions of this clause will apply to Northern Ireland and in like manner to other relevant authorities.
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 228, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.