Pensions Bill [Lords]

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 5 July 2011.

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[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair]

Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee 10:30, 5 July 2011

Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. Given the sunny, warm weather Members may remove their jackets during the meeting if they wish. I remind all Members to ensure that mobile phones, pagers and suchlike are turned off or switched to silent mode during Committee sittings. Also, as a general rule, I and my fellow Chair do not intend to call starred amendments—those which have not been tabled with adequate notice. The required notice period in Public Bill Committees is three working days. Therefore amendments should be tabled by the rise of the House on Monday for consideration on Thursday and by the rise of the House on Thursday for consideration on Tuesday. There is a money resolution in connection with the Bill and copies are available in the room.

Not everyone is familiar with the procedure in Public Bill Committees so I will briefly explain how we will proceed. The Committee will first be asked to consider the programme motion, for which debate is limited to half an hour. We will then proceed to a motion to report written evidence. Then we will begin line-by-line consideration of the Bill.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 10.30 am on Tuesday 5 July) meet—

(a) at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 5 July;

(b) at 9.00 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 7 July;

(c) at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 July;

(d) at 9.00 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 14 July;

(e) at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 19 July;

(2) the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clause 1; Schedule 1; Clause 2; Schedule 2; Clause 3; Schedule 3; new Clauses relating to Part 1; new Schedules relating to Part 1; Clauses 4 to 14; new Clauses relating to Part 2; new Schedules relating to Part 2; Clauses 15 to 18; Schedule 4; Clauses 19 to 24; new Clauses relating to Part 3; new Schedules relating to Part 3; Clauses 19 to 24; new Clauses relating to Part 3; new Schedules relating to Part 3; Clause 25; Schedule 5; new Clauses relating to Part 4; new Schedules relating to Part 4; Clauses 26 and 27; remaining new Clauses; remaining new Schedules; Clauses 28 to 30; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(3) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 19 July.

I am sure that we will all enjoy serving under your chairmanship over the coming days and weeks, Mr Brady. There are two main strands to the Bill—a change to the state pension age designed to take account of the changes in longevity, and refinement to the process of auto-enrolment into workplace pensions.

The topic of state pension age has attracted most attention and is clause 1 of the Bill, so it is inevitably our focus this morning. However, we hope that proper  attention will also be given to issues of auto-enrolment, which were thoroughly and helpfully debated in another place. The Committee will be aware that we will require new things of judges; that was less contentious at this end of the corridor than the other end of the corridor. I am sure Mr Brady would prefer us to spend most of the time today talking about the Bill and its measures rather than the programme motion, so I commend the motion to the Committee.

Question put and agreed to.

Ordered,

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Steve Webb.)

Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

Copies of the memorandums that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee room.