Clause 61

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions 12:30 pm, 5th February 2008

The efforts on this group of amendments are a double-act, and I will leave the hon. Member for Rochdale to make his case for amendment No. 105, partly because I am not sure that I fully understand it. No doubt he will enlighten the Committee in a moment. Amendment No. 35 seeks to remove paragraph (b) of subsection (2). Clause 61(2)(b) adds to the functions of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority, allowing it

“to give any assistance and advice that the Secretary of State or the Pensions Regulator may require, and any advice that the Authority considers expedient, for or in connection with arrangements to enable requirements imposed by or under Chapter 1 of this Part to be complied with and enforced.”

This is a probing amendment: I want the Minister to tell us the sort of situations in which he envisages that subsection (2)(b) would apply. Subject to that, I would not dream of pressing it to a division.