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Amendment Paper as at
Wednesday 3rd November 1999

CONSIDERATION OF LORDS AMENDMENTS


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WELFARE REFORM AND PENSIONS BILL

NOTE

The Motions and Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Margaret Beckett in her Motion (Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (Supplemental Allocation of Time)), namely Lords Amendments Nos. 42 to 46, followed by remaining Lords Amendments in numerical order.


42

   

Mr Secretary Darling

To move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment.

To move the following Amendments to the words so restored to the Bill:—

   

Mr Secretary Darling

(c)

Page     66,     line     4,     leave out 'two' and insert 'three'.

   

Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Audrey Wise
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Tom Clarke
Mr Jeremy CorbynMr Bill MichieFrank Cook
Mr John McDonnellMaria FyfeMr Ron Davies
Mr Elfyn Llwyd

(a)

Page     66,     line     4,     leave out 'two' and insert 'seven'.

   

Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Audrey Wise
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Tom Clarke
Mr Jeremy CorbynMr Bill MichieFrank Cook
Mr John McDonnellMaria FyfeMr Ron Davies
Mr Elfyn Llwyd

(b)

Page     66,     line     4,     after 'years', insert ', or for a total of ten years during the period of his working life,'.

   

Mr Secretary Darling

(d)

Page     66,     line     23,     leave out 'For this purpose' and insert—

    "(9) In sub-paragraph (8)—

      "benefit" includes (in addition to any benefit under Parts II to V of this Act)—

          (a) any benefit under Parts VII to XII of this Act, and

          (b) credits under regulations under section 22(5) above;".


43

   

Mr Secretary Darling

To move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment.

To move the following Amendments to the words so restored to the Bill:—

   

Mr Secretary Darling

(c)

Page     66,     line     27,     leave out from '(1)' to end of line 42 and insert 'Where—

      (a) a person is entitled to incapacity benefit in respect of any period of a week or part of a week,

      (b) a pension payment is payable to him in respect of that period (or a period which forms part of that period or includes that period or part of it), and

      (c) the amount of that payment (or, as the case may be, the amount which in accordance with regulations is to be taken as payable to him by way of pension payments in respect of that period) exceeds the threshold,

    the amount of that benefit shall be reduced by an amount equal to 50 per cent. of that excess.

    (1A) In subsection (1) above "the threshold" means—

      (a) if the period in question is a week, £85 or such greater amount as may be prescribed; or

      (b) if that period is not a week, such proportion of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a) as falls to be calculated in accordance with regulations on such basis as may be prescribed.

    (1B) Regulations may secure that a person of any prescribed description does not suffer any reduction under subsection (1) in any amount of incapacity benefit to which he is entitled.

    (2) Regulations may provide—

      ( ) for sums of any specified description to be disregarded for the purposes of this section;'.

   

Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Audrey Wise
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Tom Clarke
Mr Jeremy CorbynMr Bill MichieFrank Cook
Mr John McDonnellMaria FyfeMr Ron Davies
Mr Elfyn Llwyd

(a)

Page     66,     line     31,     after 'payment', insert 'exceeding the level of the Disability Income Guarantee'.

   

Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Audrey Wise
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Tom Clarke
Mr Jeremy CorbynMr Bill MichieFrank Cook
Mr John McDonnellMaria FyfeMr Ron Davies
Mr Elfyn Llwyd

(b)

Page     66,     line     35,     leave out 'specified amount' and insert 'level of the standard rate of income tax'.

   

Mr Secretary Darling

(d)

Page     67,     line     1,     after "for" insert "the aggregation of".

   

Mr Secretary Darling

(e)

Page     67,     line     3,     after     "payable)"     insert "in respect of the same or different periods;

      ( ) for such sums or aggregate sums".


46

   

Mr Secretary Darling

To move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment.

To move the following Amendments to the Bill in lieu of the Lords Amendment:—

   

Audrey Wise
Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Bill MichieFrank CookMr John McDonnell
Mr Ron DaviesMr Elfyn Llwyd

(a)

Page     67,     line     32,     leave out 'each of'.

   

Audrey Wise
Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Jeremy Corbyn
Mr John McDonnellFrank CookMr Bill Michie
Mr Ron Davies

(b)

Page     67,     line     33,     after '(2A)' insert ', (2B) or (2C)'.

   

Audrey Wise
Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeMr Tony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Jeremy Corbyn
Mr John McDonnellFrank CookMr Bill Michie
Mr Ron Davies

(c)

Page     67,     line     43,     leave out 'mentioned in subsection (1)(b) above' and insert 'in this subsection'.

   

Audrey Wise
Mr Roger Berry
Mr Jim Cousins
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Frank Field
Lynne Jones
Mr Alan SimpsonDr Norman A. GodmanMrs Betty Williams
Mr Brian SedgemoreMr Bill EtheringtonMr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin HopkinsMr Kevin McNamaraMr Dennis Skinner
John AustinMr Tony ClarkeTony Benn
Dr Desmond TurnerMr Michael ClaphamMr Ken Livingstone
Mr Llew SmithMr Harry BarnesMr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McAllionMr Dennis CanavanMr Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Bill MichieFrank CookMr John McDonnell
Mr Ron Davies

(d)

Page     68,     line     10,     at end insert—

    '(2B) The condition in this subsection is that throughout one of the last two complete tax years before the relevant benefit year he has been—

      (a) in receipt of invalid care allowance, or

      (b) within the meaning of regulations, precluded from employment by responsibilities at home

    and in either case suffers from loss of physical or mental faculty such that the extent of the resulting disablement amounts to not less than 80 per cent.

    (2C) The conditions in this subsection are that—

      (a) for at least 25 weeks of the last two complete years before the beginning of the relevant benefit year he has been in receipt of Disabled Persons' Tax Credit or Disability Working Allowance;

      (b) on the relevant day he satisfies the prescribed conditions as to residence in Great Britain, or as to presence there; and

      (c) he is not, on that day, a person who is receiving full-time education.'.

 
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