Clause 69

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 7th February 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 10:00 am, 7th February 2008

Clause 69 is a veritable dictionary of definitions of different terms, which is very helpful. Words need to have precise meanings that we all understand when we are passing legislation, so it is certainly a helpful clause from that point of view. This is purely a probing amendment; note the word “probe” rather than “prove”, which may have been there originally, that comment is just to help the Minister in case he is working from an old brief. It is just to tease out exactly what an oral contract of employment might be, particularly one that is implied. In my naivety, I had thought that all contracts of employment would be in writing, express and quite clear, but that is clearly not the case; I have obviously led a more sheltered life than I had realised. It seems to conjure up all sorts of possibilities, so can the Minister paint in some of the detail on what types of contract of employment we are talking about being expressed or implied, particularly oral?