Clause 63

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions 6:30 pm, 5th February 2008

I beg to move amendment No. 49, in clause 63, page 29, line 30, at end insert ‘ as soon as is practicable.’.

This is a short amendment, which I can deal with expeditiously. The clause sets out that the Secretary of State will give the authority guidance or directions about the discharge of its functions. We are a bit iffy about the Secretary of State giving it directions, because it seems to be a back-door way of achieving what one of our earlier amendments tried to achieve, which was to ensure that in the Bill, the authority was obliged to follow, or comply with, its principles. We agree that it is right that any direction should be published, so all the amendment asks is that it be published as soon as is practicable.