Clause 43

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 31st January 2008.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

I beg to move amendment No. 152, in clause 43, page 19, line 21, leave out from first ‘planning’ to end of line 22 and insert

‘and “the Northern Ireland Department” have the same meaning as in paragraph 2.”’.

Photo of Janet Anderson Janet Anderson Labour, Rossendale and Darwen

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment No. 153.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

Clause 43 allows the Pensions Regulator to share the information that it collects with the Department for Work and Pensions and its Northern Ireland equivalent.  The aim of the clause is to ensure that we are able to make the changes as far as Northern Ireland is concerned.

Clause 43 mentions Northern Ireland in strict legal terms, but the gateway between the Pensions Regulator and HMRC provided in that clause does not extend at present to Northern Ireland. Clause 43 does not define the exact meaning of “Northern Ireland Department”. These technical drafting amendments are intended to clarify what the term “Northern Ireland Department” means—the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland—and formally to extend the provision contained in clause 42 to Northern Ireland.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 153, in clause 43, page 19, line 22, at end add—

‘(1A) Section 323 of the Pensions Act 2004 (c. 35) (extent) is amended as follows.

(1B) In subsection (2)(c) (provisions extending to Northern Ireland)—

(a) for “paragraph 2” substitute “paragraphs 2 and 4”;

(b) for “that paragraph” substitute “those paragraphs”.

(1C) In subsection (4), for “paragraph 2” substitute “paragraphs 2 and 4”.’.—[Mr. Mike O'Brien.]

Clause 43, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 44 ordered to stand part of the Bill.