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

I grateful to my hon. Friend. My history is not good enough to know whether the analogy with the partition of India is entirely accurate, but I take his point. We are talking about huge costs, which have not been quantified by the Opposition. One reason why the Government have taken regulatory burdens seriously is that previous Governments have piled regulation on regulation without worrying about the cost to schemes, which has had an impact on members’ benefits. That is why we have to take action.