§ 173 Clause 95, page 68, leave out lines 3 to 5 and insert:
- '(a) that it amends the law in Northern Ireland with respect to—
- (i) the pensions of county court judges and resident magistrates, and
- (ii) pensions in relation to which provisions of the Judicial Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 1951 apply; and'.
§ 174 Page 68, line 7, leave out from 'sections' to `I l' and insert '63 to 67' and 'Schedules 10 and'.
§ The Lord Chancellor
My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 173 and 174. I should also like to speak to Amendment No. 250.
The amendments make necessary minor and technical changes to the judicial pensions arrangements. Clause 95 provides for the amendment of Northern Ireland laws with respect to pensions of county court judges, resident magistrates and the Social Security Commissioner. The Judicial Pensions 1468 Act (Northern Ireland) 1951 is, however, also applied in relation to the pensions for a number of other posts including the president, vice-president and chairman of industrial tribunals and the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. Amendment No. 173 will expand the clause so that Orders in Council can deal with all those pensions which are subject to the 1951 Act. Amendment No. 174 will allow transitional provisions to be made corresponding to those in Schedule 10 of the Bill. The schedule needs to be included to provide for widowers' pensions.
Amendment No. 250 is purely technical. Clause 65, which inserts a new Schedule 1A relating to transfer of accrued rights into the Judicial Pension Act 1981, does not also insert a founding provision. The amendment remedies that deficiency.
Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 173 and 174. —(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.