Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role the parliamentary ombudsman will play in negotiations on failed occupational pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

None. The ombudsman's remit is to investigate matters referred to her and report her findings to Parliament, rather than negotiation about public policy. With regard to the ombudsman's recent report on the security of final salary occupational pensions, I refer the hon. Member to my statement made on 15 March 2006, Hansard, columns 100–02WS.

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