Schedule 1 - Equalisation of and increase in pensionable age for men and women: consequential amendments

Pensions Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 7 July 2011.

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Question proposed, That the schedule be the First schedule to the Bill.

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

We have exhaustively debated clause 1, so I hope we can now make more rapid progress.

The Committee will know that schedule 1 is a technical schedule with amendments consequent on the changes to the state pension age that we have been discussing. There are two types: amendments that amend the definition of pensionable age in a range of Acts, from the Gas Act 1986 to the Social Security Act 1992, and, closer to home, amendments that bring forward the date when certain amendments made by the Pensions Act 2007 were due to take effect. For example, for benefits to which people would otherwise be entitled at 65, we need to amend the legislation to refer to the pension age, rather than to 65, when the pension age goes past 65. I hope the Committee will find that uncontentious.

Question put and agreed to.

Schedule 1 accordingly agreed to.