New Clause 5 - Duty to act in the best interests of members

Part of Pension Schemes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 4th November 2014.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 2:45 pm, 4th November 2014

My hon. Friend makes an important point. Whenever we propose additional regulatory burdens, we have to cost them meticulously. That has to be ratified by a business-led committee, and we have to find offsetting regulatory savings. The Opposition’s amendments are a significant burden on large numbers of schemes. I intervened and asked about cost. If the hon. Gentleman has an estimate for the cost of his  proposals, I am happy to give way. If 47,000 schemes suddenly have to find trustees, I have no idea where all the people would come from or how long it would take.