British Transport Police: Police Scotland

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government in relation to the effect of the proposed merger of the Scottish Division of British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland on Scottish BTP officers’ pensions.

Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department plans to have with the Scottish Government in relation to its plan to transfer retired officers of the Scottish Division of British Transport Police into a new pension scheme after the proposed merger of that division into Police Scotland.

Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations his Department has received from the Department for Work and Pensions on the effect of the proposed merger of the Scottish Division of British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland on the pensions of Scottish BTP officers.

Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to meet with (a) the National Association for Retired British Transport Police Officers and (b) other stakeholders in relation to the effect of the Scottish Government’s proposed merger of the Scottish Division of British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland on Scottish BTP officers’ pensions.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

The UK aspects of the process to implement the devolution of the British Transport Police’s functions in Scotland to Police Scotland, including pensions issues is led by the Department for Transport.

The Department for Transport has been working closely with Scottish Government and relevant stakeholders, including employee representative organisations, to develop the pension’s proposal for the proposed transfer of the Scottish Division of British Transport Police. This has been principally through the Joint Programme Board, which has had an extensive process of engagement with affected stakeholders, including representatives of retired officers.

The key principles of the pension transfer has always been that pensions will be transferred on an “as is” basis, meaning that affected officers and staff will transfer with their existing terms and conditions intact. Pensions payable to retired officers will continue to be administered by the RPMI and will be paid in full.

However, the Scottish Government announced on 27 August 2018 that it has decided to consider other options to deliver the devolution of railway policing. The UK Government will continue to play an important part in this process to ensure that UK interests are properly reflected. Until this process has been concluded the details around any transfer arrangements, including pensions, will not be further progressed as the Scottish Government consider the approach to be adopted. In doing so, the Scottish Government has been clear that it will engage with all affected stakeholders.

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