Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirtieth Report



APPENDIX 2

Memorandum from the Ministry of Defence

NAVAL, MILITARY AND AIR FORCES ETC. (DISABLEMENT AND DEATH) SERVICE PENSIONS AMENDMENT ORDER 2002 (S.I. 2002/792)

  1. The Ministry of Defence wish to apologise to the Committee for not complying with the 21-day rule on this occasion.
  2. Responsibility for the administration of the war pension functions was transferred to the Secretary of State for Defence from the Secretary of State for Social Security on 3 December 2001 by the Transfer of Functions (War Pension etc) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3506).
  3. Due to the timing of the transfer of the function, the Christmas/New Year holiday period, the timetable of the Privy Council meetings and the Easter recess, delays have occurred that has resulted in the late submission of this Order to the Committee.
  4. The Ministry of Defence regret the delay and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause the Committee.
  5. 4 April 2002

    Further Memoranda from the Ministry of Defence

    NAVAL, MILITARY AND AIR FORCES ETC. (DISABLEMENT AND DEATH) SERVICE PENSIONS AMENDMENT ORDER 2002 (S.I. 2002/792)

  6. The Committee has asked the Ministry of Defence to submit a memorandum on the above mentioned Instrument dealing with the following point:
  7. In the light of the Department of Social Security's memorandum of 30 March 1998 (printed as Appendix IV to the Committee's 28th Report (1997-98 Session) and paragraph 7 of the Ministry of Defence's memorandum of 26 February 2001 (printed as Appendix 1 to the Committee's 12th Report (2000-2001 Session)), explain what progress has been made in consolidating the 1983 Regulations.

  8. The Ministry of Defence is aware that the Committee has previously asked for an indication of when the 1983 Service Pensions Order will be consolidated. As a consequence of the decision to transfer responsibility for War Pensions from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Ministry of Defence efforts have had to be concentrated on the legal and administrative issues arising from such a transfer of functions. The Ministry regrets it is not yet possible to give a clear indication as to when work on consolidation may be finalised and placed before the Privy Council.
  9. 29 April 2002

    NAVAL, MILITARY AND AIR FORCES ETC. (DISABLEMENT AND DEATH) SERVICE PENSIONS AMENDMENT ORDER 2002 (S.I. 2002/792)

  10. The Committee has asked the Ministry of Defence to submit a memorandum on the above mentioned Instrument dealing with the following point:
  11. The Department's memorandum dated 29 April 2002 does not answer the Committee's question. Has work begun? If work has not yet begun, indicate when it is expected that it might and what plans the Department has for completing this work.

  12. The Ministry of Defence regret that work on consolidation has not yet begun and that it is not possible to give an indication of when the work might begin. As a consequence of the decision to transfer responsibility for War Pensions from the Department for Work and Pensions to the Ministry of Defence resources have had to be concentrated on the legal and administrative issues arising from such a transfer.

13 May 2002

 


 
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