Clause 49

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 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 10:00 am, 31st January 2008

We would not be able to regulate to bring in criminal sanctions like that; we would have to do that in primary legislation.

I am interested in how hard hon. Members opposite wish to press this. I do not have a closed mind on it. I am happy to give way to the hon. Member to indicate whether he, in principle, wishes to press this, which may influence my view about whether the Government should take this back and look at it again.