Clause 19 - Financial assistance scheme: transfer of assets

Pensions Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 14 July 2011.

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

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

There is an issue that is important for me to put on the record. Much of the legislation relates to Great Britain only, but some of it relates to the United Kingdom. The way it works is that sometimes we legislate for the whole United Kingdom, and other times we legislate for Great Britain, and Northern Ireland copies across what we do. I want to tell the Committee, which I believe I am under a duty to do, that while the Bill will generally extend to Great Britain, since pensions and social security are transferred matters in Northern Ireland, there are exceptions, including clause 19, which is why I am making this statement now. The exceptions where the provisions of the Bill will extend to Northern Ireland are clauses 19 and 20, which relate to the financial assistance scheme, and clause 25 and parts of schedule 5, which relate to judicial pensions. A legislative consent motion was required to allow those provisions to extend to Northern Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Assembly debated and approved such a motion on 21 March.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 19 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 20 to 24 ordered to stand part of the Bill.