Schedule 1

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions 10:30 am, 5th February 2008

I found a note given by the Secretary of State about the difference between the trustees and PADA very interesting. As this is a non-departmental public body—an arm’s length body—why is the Secretary of State able to determine the minutiae of its running? I agree with the hon. Member for Eastbourne that PADA is a different organisation. It is a delivery authority and the trustees take it forward. It should be for the trustees themselves to agree the remuneration, having taken advice and after looking at what the industry normally does. We seem to have the big footprint of Government stamped all over a body that in previous debates has been spoken of as “light touch”. This seems to be anything but light touch.