New Schedule 2 - Pensions Guidance

Part of Pension Schemes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 4th November 2014.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 3:45 pm, 4th November 2014

On a point of order, Mrs Riordan. I am aware that we are constrained for time, but I want to put on the record my appreciation of you and your fellow Chair for your wise and thorough chairing of our proceedings. I think that you got the short straw, Mrs Riordan, having had all of last Thursday—I shall have words with Mr Bone—but we are very grateful to you. I am grateful to all Members who have served on the Committee. It was fiercely contested and Members were desperate to be on it. We have the privileged few among us. I am also grateful to my hon. Friends for their insightful and knowledgeable contributions. In general, this has been a well-informed, thoughtful and constructive Committee. I enjoyed the new clauses tabled by the hon. Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East. I always enjoy them when he tables them. I hope that he feels better when we get to Report, when we can further consider his issues.

Finally, I thank the officials—the lawyers, dare I say it?—and everyone who has enabled the Committee to function so effectively. I will not say that the ink is still wet on some of the amendments, but it has been like trying to keep up with a moving train. I know a huge amount of hard work has gone in. My briefing has been excellent, particularly that which appeared on the odd-numbered pages.