4 The Pensions Act 2004 is amended as follows.
5 In section 316(2)(s), for “paragraph 26(7)” substitute “paragraph 26A(6)”.
6 (1) Schedule 7 is amended as follows.
(2) In paragraph 26(9), after “this paragraph” insert “and paragraph 26A”.
(3) In paragraph 27(2), for “sub-paragraph (7) of paragraph 26” substitute “sub-paragraph (6) of paragraph 26A”.’.—(Steve Webb.)
On a point of order, Mrs Main. Before we conclude our proceedings, I thank you and your fellow Chair for the expert handling of our proceedings. I apologise that we will have bored you by repeating things you already knew about the pensions system. I hope that was for the benefit of the rest of the Committee.
I thank the Clerks to the Committee and my borrowed PPS, who has been a fount of amazing amounts of wisdom during the course of past two weeks. I thank my colleague the silent Whip who has kept me and everyone else in order, and my hon. Friends for their constructive and well-informed contributions. As you will know, Mrs Main, a Bill like this does not come about without a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work by policy officials, analysts, lawyers and so on. Any other erudition displayed over the past fortnight was theirs, and all errors mine and mine alone.
Finally, the Committee’s proceedings were generally conducted in good humour and I thank the Opposition for their contribution to that. The high point was the discussion of the etymology of fandabbydozy, which turned out to have something to do with a Scottish comedy duo. I cannot think why that seemed apposite, but I thought I would mention it. I thank the Opposition for their support on a number of measures, particularly the single-tier pension.
I hope, Mrs Main, that we will look back on this fortnight as a time when we all made a real difference to the quality of life of our constituents.
Written evidence reported to the House
PB 52 Katherine Worsfold
PB 53 Hogan Lovells International LLP
PB 54 Hazel Douglas
PB 55 B&CE
PB 56 CBI
PB 57 William Harry Plant
PB 58 Ms Constance M Turner
PB 59 George Morley
PB 60 Group Trustees of the Manweb Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme
PB 61 Mike Goodall
PB 62 Sarah Pennells of SavvyWoman.co.uk
PB 63 Neil Watson
PB 64 Aljosa Popovski
PB 65 ShareAction
PB 66 Dr Pauline Worrall
PB 67 Ian Pottle
PB 68 NASUWT
PB 69 Cynthia Morton
PB 70 Helen Lewis
PB 71 Prospect
PB 72 Association of Electricity Supply Pensioners
PB 73 Andrew Robertson-Fox
PB 74 PCS
PB 75 Partnership Assurance