Clause 1

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 22nd January 2008.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions 10:45 am, 22nd January 2008

Yes. The agency is the home base from which the person operates. I am trying to think through some of the issues that the hon. Gentleman has raised, because, as a former Energy Minister, I know that the variations in employment patterns in the energy industry are considerable. Basically, such UK workers work for an agency. Where a UK employee works for a foreign company in a foreign country, however, they may not be covered by the UK legislation—they are not in the jurisdiction; they are not employed from here; they are not employed through an agency; and they may have enrolled abroad.

Another example involves an agency that employs people from abroad to work abroad—those people may come from one country and work in another, but the agency is based in the UK. The question is whether such people would be subject to automatic enrolment, and I want to think about that one a little.