Clause 50

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 31st January 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions 1:30 pm, 31st January 2008

The Minister nods, so it may be that he could put me out of my misery now by popping up to say that he accepts the amendment. Let me just explain for the benefit of the Committee and those outside what is behind this.

As I understand it, if we do not have something like amendment 157 the assumption will be that the audit requirements of existing pensions legislation will apply to the personal accounts system. It is not a subject that has been keeping me awake at night, but on the face of it, that appears sensible; apparently it is not. It is partly because personal accounts will be such a different animal from traditional pension schemes, not only because of the order of magnitude but for all sorts of other reasons.