Part 2 - Consequential amendments to do with the new compensation cap

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 11th July 2013.

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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.)

Brought up, and added to the Bill.

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

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.

Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

I thank the Minister for those kind remarks on behalf of everybody. I add my thanks to the staff and the Clerks on the Committee for all the support they have given me, as I am not an expert. Good afternoon to everybody.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Committee rose.

 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