Pensions Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 25th June 2013.

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[Martin Caton in the Chair]

Photo of Martin Caton Martin Caton Labour, Gower 9:25 pm, 25th June 2013

Before we begin, I want to make a few preliminary announcements. Will members of the Committee please ensure that all electronic devices are turned off or switched to silent mode during sittings? As a general rule, I and my fellow Chair do not intend to call starred amendments that have not been tabled with adequate notice. The required notice period for Public Bill Committees is three working days. 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 the following Tuesday. Therefore, this Thursday is the deadline for amendments for the first day of line-by-line consideration on Tuesday of next week.

Not everyone is familiar with the process of taking oral evidence in Public Bill Committees so it might be helpful if I explain briefly how we will proceed. The Committee will first be asked to consider the programme motion on the amendment paper, for which debate is limited to half an hour. We shall then proceed to a motion to report written evidence and a motion to permit the Committee to deliberate in private in advance of the oral evidence session, which I hope we can take formally. Assuming that the second of those motions has been agreed, the Committee will then move into private session, at which point non-Committee members will be asked to leave the room for a short while. Once the Committee has deliberated, the witnesses and members of the public will be invited back into the room, and our oral evidence session will begin.

Ordered,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 25 June) meet—

(a) at 2.45 pm on Tuesday 25 June;

(b) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 27 June;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 2 July;

(d) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 4 July;

(e) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 9 July;

(f) at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 11 July;

(2) the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following Table:

Date

Time

Witness

Tuesday 25 June

Until no later than 10.15 am

Age UK

Tuesday 25 June

Until no later than 11.00 am

Trades Union Congress

Tuesday 25 June

Until no later than 11.25 am

Cruse Bereavement Care; Childhood Bereavement Network

Tuesday 25 June

Until no later than 3.15 pm

National Association of Pension Funds; Association of British Insurers

Tuesday 25 June

Until no later than 3.45 pm

The Pensions Regulator

Tuesday 25 June

Until no later than 4.30 pm

Dr Ros Altmann; Dr Hari Mann

Thursday 27 June

Until no later than 12.30 pm

Pensions Policy Institute; Confederation of British Industry; Which?

Thursday 27 June

Until no later than 1.00 pm

The 700,000 Group

Thursday 27 June

Until no later than 2.45 pm

Union Pension Services Limited; Pensions Institute

Thursday 27 June

Until no later than 3.15 pm

Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Thursday 27 June

Until no later than 4.00 pm

Department for Work and Pensions

(3) proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 5; Schedules 1 and 2; Clauses 6 and 7; Schedules 3 and 4; Clauses 8 and 9; Schedule 5; Clauses 10 and 11; Schedule 6; Clause 12; Schedule 7; Clause 13; Schedule 8 and 9; Clause 14; Schedule 10; Clause 15; Schedule 11; Clauses 16 to 23; Schedule 12; Clause 24; Schedules 13 and 14; Clauses 25 to 28; Schedule 15; Clause 29; Schedule 16; Clauses 30 to 40; Schedule 17; Clauses 41 to 48; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(4) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 11 July.

Resolved,

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 Martin Caton Martin Caton Labour, Gower

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room.

Resolved,

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence to be heard, the Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.—(Steve Webb.)

The Committee deliberated in private.