Schedule 1

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions 11:15 am, 5th February 2008

If I remember rightly, the consultation document on the charging structure says that by July this year, the authority will announce its conclusions. Is the Minister aware whether, in that same time scale, it expects to have reached a conclusion as to the likely actual costs that must be recouped? On that basis, it seems to be a tight time scale and could seriously affect certain options—I touched on the initial one-off joining fee. I do not want to draw the Minister too far down that route, but I raised it as an example where, crucially, the amount to be recovered makes it either a viable option or not.