Clause 19 - Prisoners

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 4th July 2013.

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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 a clue in the clause’s title. We have to decide, because we are creating this thing called the state pension, who can get it and who cannot, and the clause makes rules for prisoners. The Committee will perhaps not be surprised to learn that we are maintaining the existing rules for prisoners: single-tier pension payments are not applicable for the period during which people are prisoners. I do not think that will be a great surprise, and I commend the clause to the Committee.

Photo of Gregg McClymont Gregg McClymont Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

I do not have much to add to the Minister’s brief comments; I suspect the clause will have widespread support in the Committee and outside it.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 19 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.