Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-Ninth Report


Appendix 3

S.I. 2003/1727: memorandum from the Department for Work and Pensions

Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1727)

1. The Committee has asked the Department to submit an Explanatory Memorandum on the above mentioned Instrument dealing with the following point:

Regulation 8(4) of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1996, as substituted by regulation 2(3) of S.I. 2003/1727, consists of a single sentence of 14 lines. Similar amendments are made to other Regulations by regulations 4(3), 5(3) and 6(3). Does the department agree that in each case it would have been possible and preferable to have divided the material into a series of shorter paragraphs to assist the reader?

2. The Department accepts the point made by the Committee that it would have been possible and preferable to assist the reader by dividing the material into a series of shorter paragraphs. The Department is aware of best practice in this area and will remind its draftsmen about this.

3. In the event that the need arises in future to make further amendments to the Occupational Pension Schemes (Transfer Values) Regulations 1996, the Department will revisit the points made by the Committee in an attempt to bring the drafting of these provisions in line with best practice.

17th September 2003


 
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