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Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (Continued) (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, the Minister has said that, with respect to the notion of the review, the Government will have reviews, because the DWP White Paper says so, but they are not quite sure what those reviews would be-it is all too complicated at the moment and they have not worked it out. Therefore, they cannot include it in the Bill. That is pretty unsatisfactory. On the one hand, they are prepared to...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (Continued) (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, there are also in this group a pair of amendments in my name and that of my noble and learned friend Lord Davidson, both of which seek to add flexibility and that famous characteristic, future-proofing, to the Bill. It is a laudable objective of the Government to have a common movement-a standard process-that can be seen as fair and generally acceptable across the entire structure...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (Continued) (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I fully support the arguments put forward by my noble friend Lord Whitty, particularly on the complications that would arise with respect to the Local Government Pension Scheme. The amendment in my name and that of my noble and learned friend Lord Davidson refers to the general proposition in Clause 9(3) that, "the Treasury may determine the change in prices or earnings in any...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (Continued) (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, this amendment, which is a reprise of something that we debated in Committee, derives from a peculiarity of the process through which this Bill has gone, in that many of the measures in the Bill derive from negotiation between the trades unions, other interested parties and the Government. Having reached agreement, the Government's side seems to appear in the Bill but the assurances...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (Continued) (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: That was an intriguing reply. The usual reply in circumstances where the Government feel that they have covered all bases is that an amendment is unnecessary, but the Minister did not feel that he could say that. It is striking that, despite his variety of assurances, a simple statement is unacceptable. However, under the circumstances, I will take this away and think about it further. For...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, it may be for the convenience of the House if I refer to the amendments tabled in the name of myself and my noble and learned friend Lord Davidson, since the government amendments are substantially responses to the points that we made in Committee. I want to make it clear why we feel that the situation has, let us say, not moved on far enough. Let me deal first with Amendments 37,...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: Well, my Lords, we got the answer that we all feared. We were told that somehow the unique position of an injustice is such that the injustice should be maintained. We were told that it was not clear how the changes could be implemented. "It's just too jolly complicated. Our staff aren't up to it. We haven't got enough civil servants who can puzzle through all these problems. There is no way...

Public Service Pensions Bill — Report (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, this amendment refers to the position of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service within the structure of the Bill. Noble Lords will remember that it was revealed in the discussion of the Bill in Committee-the issue had not been discussed in another place-that the Defence Fire and Rescue Service had an anomalous status relative to that of other firefighters within the UK. In particular,...

Banking: LIBOR and EURIBOR — Question (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, before asking my question, I wonder if the noble Lord could clarify part of his answer to the noble Lord, Lord Bates, where he referred to the "attempted" manipulation of LIBOR. Is he saying that the manipulation failed? Turning to the Question, when I was a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority, discounts on penalties were offered for...

Taxation: Tax Collection — Question (5 Feb 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, when he assumed office, the Chancellor of the Exchequer commissioned a study on the creation of a general anti-avoidance regime. The committee that performed that study reported two years ago. When are the Government going to do something about it?

Economy: Growth — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, it is a particular pleasure for me to welcome the noble Lord, Lord Deighton, to the Dispatch Box and to congratulate him on his appointment to the Treasury team. It is always a special delight to see one's former pupils do so well. When I marked his economic essays back in the mid-1970s, I never imagined-nor do I suppose did he-that we would find ourselves in this situation. I think...

Economy: Growth — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: The figure of £2 billion was purely for illustrative purposes; it was a simple number. I thought that people could do the arithmetic in their heads. The issue is directly whether we continue with a policy of cutting government expenditure or whether we are committed to an increase in expenditure, particularly on infrastructure. Your Lordships will note that the noble Lord did not say that...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, perhaps the Minister will clarify for my edification his reference to schemes reforming themselves and then not needing to be incorporated into Schedule 10. What will be the criteria of satisfactory reform and who will do the judging?

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: I thank the Minister but this is unsatisfactory. It leaves an area of uncertainty hovering over smaller schemes, which may be in or may be out. I presume, therefore, that the Treasury will make a judgment as to what it thinks in its wisdom is right. I do not think that is a proper way to go forward and may return to this issue later. For the moment, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment....

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, the purpose of this proposed new clause is to evaluate scheme participation. I am sure all of us are very concerned that members should participate fully in the pension scheme that is available with their employment. Some of the new measures which will be introduced this year are complex but it will typically be in members' best interests to remain in their defined benefit scheme-in...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: It would have been very nice if the Minister had addressed the actual amendment instead of the fictional one that he seems to have been discussing. There is no suggestion in this amendment of looking at the "appropriateness", as he put it, of higher contributions. The intention is simply an information exercise; we want to know what is happening and we want it to be clearly revealed. The...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: The point is that, if there is a proper review available to all-which the noble Lord is not relying on; I presume that he is relying just on the evidence provided by his officials-we will be able to assess the consequences of the increases. Finally, I think that when the noble Lord was discussing the measures to prevent opt-out, he mis-spoke. It is not correct that somebody earning less than...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, this amendment refers to Clause 28(10)(b) whereby the Treasury may by order, "add any body or office to it"- that is, to Schedule 10, which lists the various schemes that are the subject of the Bill. The Government have made a couple of amendments to the clause, particularly regarding the provisions dealing with devolved authorities, on which we spoke earlier, but the Treasury is...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: The noble Lord is very kind to read out that little piece from the earlier clause. However, it uses the word "may", and "may" is not a requirement.

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (21 Jan 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for those comments. I am particularly pleased with government Amendment 118, which achieves what we were attempting to achieve through Amendment 118ZA in a very satisfactory and comprehensive manner. Regarding the other amendments which we have proposed, as I have said on numerous occasions, we look forward to the Minister's amendments with respect to...


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