Clause 88

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 19th February 2008.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 11:15 am, 19th February 2008

May I apologise to the Committee and to you, Mrs. Anderson, for not being here earlier? I was not here because Mr. Speaker granted me an Adjournment debate in Westminster Hall, which ended at only 11 o’clock. I know that this side of the Committee was in the very capable and experienced hands of my hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne.

I want to make a small point about clause 88, which will shadow some of the discussion that we will have about the amendment tabled to clause 89. I notice that there is provision in clause 88(3) for regulations to extend the implementation period, but not to open up the possibility of shortening it. I wonder whether the regulations could be worded to allow for the implementation period to be varied, rather than just extended. Will the Minister comment on that?

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

I will consider whether the regulations should be able to do that. I confess that I have not done so until now, but we are still looking at the drafting of the regulations. When we come to deal with them, I will consider whether it would be appropriate to do that.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 88 ordered to stand part of the Bill.