The Pensions Act 1995 (Commencement No. 3) Order 1996

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Published: 1996-03-12

Statutory Instruments
1996 No. 778 (C. 13)

PENSIONS
The Pensions Act 1995 (Commencement No. 3) Order 1996

Made
12th March 1996

The Secretary of State for Social Security, in exercise of the power conferred on him by section 180(1) of the Pensions Act 1995(1) and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order:

Citation and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Pensions Act 1995 (Commencement No. 3) Order 1996.

(2) In this Order, references to “the Act” are references to the Pensions Act 1995 and, except where the context otherwise requires, references to sections and Schedules are references to sections of, and Schedules to, the Act.

Appointed days

2.—(1) The day appointed for the coming into force of the provisions specified in Part I of the Schedule to this Order, for the purpose only of authorising the making of orders, is 13th March 1996.

(2) The day appointed for the coming into force of the provisions specified in Part II of the Schedule to this Order—

(a)for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations, is 13th March 1996; and

(b)for all other purposes, is 1st April 1996.

(3) The day appointed for the coming into force of the provisions specified in Part III of the Schedule to this Order, is 6th April 1996.

(4) The day appointed for the coming into force of the provisions specified in Part IV of the Schedule to this Order, is 6th April 1996.

(5) The day appointed for the coming into force of—

(a)the provisions specified in Part V of the Schedule to this Order, for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations, is 6th April 1996;

(b)sections 118 and 125, for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations relating to those provisions of Part I of the Act specified in Part V of the Schedule to this Order, is 6th April 1996; and

(c)sections 21(3), 68 and 117, for the purpose only of any transitional provision contained in regulations made under sections 16 to 21 (member-nominated trustees and directors), is 6th October 1996.

(6) The day appointed for the coming into force of section 149 (hybrid occupational pension schemes), for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations, is 1st June 1996.

(7) The day appointed for the coming into force of section 136 (new requirements for contracted-out schemes), insofar as not already in force, is 6th April 1997 and such day is designated as the principal appointed day for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Social Security.

Oliver Heald
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,
Department of Social Security
12th March 1996

Article 2
SCHEDULE

PART IPROVISIONS OF THE ACT COMING INTO FORCE ON 13TH MARCH 1996 FOR THE PURPOSE ONLY OF AUTHORISING THE MAKING OF ORDERS

Provisions of the Act
Subject matter

section 137(2) to (4)
reduced rates of Class 1 State scheme contributions in respect of members of salary related contracted-out schemes

section 137(1) and (5)
reduced rates of Class 1 State scheme contributions, and rebates, in respect of members of money purchase contracted-out schemes

section 138(5)
minimum contributions payable by the Secretary of State in respect of members of appropriate personal pension schemes

PART IIPROVISIONS OF THE ACT COMING INTO FORCE ON 13TH MARCH 1996 FOR THE PURPOSE ONLY OF AUTHORISING THE MAKING OF REGULATIONS AND ON 6TH APRIL 1996 FOR ALL OTHER PURPOSES

Provisions of the Act
Subject matter

section 140(2)
reduction in State benefits for members of money purchase contracted-out schemes and appropriate schemes

sections 142 to 144
interim arrangements giving effect to protected rights

section 146
discharge of protected rights on winding up: insurance policies

PART IIIPROVISIONS OF THE ACT COMING INTO FORCE ON 1ST APRIL 1996

Provisions of the Act
Subject matter

section 1(1) to (4) and (6)
establishment of Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority

section 2
reports by the Authority

Schedule 1, paragraphs 1 to 12, 14 to 17, 19 and 20 and section 1(5) insofar as it relates to those paragraphs
Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority

PART IVPROVISIONS OF THE ACT COMING INTO FORCE ON 6TH APRIL 1996

Provisions of the Act
Subject matter

section 119
calculations under regulations

section 120, insofar as not already in force
consultation about regulations

section 121, insofar as not already in force
Crown application

section 123(3)
meaning of “connected” and “associated” persons

section 124, insofar as not already in force
interpretation of Part I

section 148
Class 1 contributions where earner in more than one employment

section 174, insofar as not already in force
general provisions concerning regulations and orders

section 175, insofar as not already in force
Parliamentary control of regulations and orders

section 176
interpretation

Schedule 6, paragraph 9 and section 173 insofar as it relates to that paragraph
disclosure of information by the Secretary of State

in Schedule 7, Part III, the entry relating to section 48(2)(b) and (c) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993(2) and section 177 insofar as it relates to that entry
repeals

PART VPROVISIONS OF THE ACT COMING INTO FORCE ON 6TH APRIL 1996 FOR THE PURPOSE ONLY OF AUTHORISING THE MAKING OF REGULATIONS

Provisions of the Act
Subject matter

section 10(2) and (3)
civil penalties

sections 16 to 21
member-nominated trustees and directors

section 27
trustee not to be scheme auditor or actuary

section 32
decisions by majority of trustees

section 33
investment powers: duty of care

section 35
investment principles

section 37
payment of surplus to employer

section 38
power to defer winding-up

section 40
restriction on employer-related investments

section 41
provision of documents for members

section 47
professional advisers

section 49
receipts, payments and records

section 50
resolution of disputes

section 51
annual increase in rate of pension

sections 56 to 61
minimum funding requirement

section 67
certification of detrimental amendments

section 68
power of trustees to modify schemes by resolution

section 69
grounds for applying to Authority for modification orders

section 73
preferential liabilities on winding up

section 74(2), (3) and (5)(b)

discharge of liabilities by insurance etc

section 75
deficiencies in the assets

section 76
excess assets on winding up

section 77
excess assets remaining after winding up: power to distribute

sections 87 to 89
money purchase schemes

sections 91 to 95
assignment, forfeiture, bankruptcy etc

section 136
new requirements for contracted-out schemes

section 137
State scheme contributions and rebates

section 139
money purchase and personal pension schemes: verification of ages

section 140(1)
reduction of State benefits for members of certified schemes

section 141
State scheme etc premiums and buyback into State scheme

sections 152 to 154
transfer values

section 155 but for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations relating to section 113 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993
penalties for breach of regulations under the Pension Schemes Act 1993

Schedule 5, paragraph 21 (but only insofar as it relates to sections 11(5)(d), 34(2)(a), 50(4) and 163(6) of the Pension Schemes Act 1993), paragraph 22(a) (but only insofar as it relates to section 7(1) of that Act), and paragraphs 28(a), 33(b), 34(a), 35, 37, 39, 45(b), 46, 48(c), 49(a), 65, 70(c) and 84 and section 151 insofar as it relates to the above mentioned paragraphs
amendments relating to Part III of the Act

Schedule 6, paragraphs 4, 5 and 6(c) and (e) and section 173 insofar as it relates to those paragraphs
amendments relating to Part IV of the Act

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order provides for the coming into force of further provisions of the Pensions Act 1995 (“the Act”) on the following dates—

— 13th March 1996, for the purpose only of authorising the making of orders under the Pension Schemes Act 1993 specifying the reduction in the rates of State scheme contributions and rebates payable in respect of members of contracted-out occupational pension schemes and appropriate personal pension schemes;

— 13th March 1996, for the purpose only of authorising the making of certain regulations, in particular, under provisions relating to interim arrangements in relation to appropriate personal pension schemes and the discharge of protected rights by money purchase occupational pension schemes. The provisions in question are brought fully into force on 6th April 1996;

— 1st April 1996, for provisions relating to the establishment of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority;

— 6th April 1996, for nprovisions relating to the disclosure of information by the Secretary of State, the aggregation of earnings in relation to Class 1 contributions and certain other general provisions of the Act;

— 6th April 1996, for the purpose only of authorising the making of certain regulations under Part I of the Act concerning the regulation of occupational pension schemes, under Part III of the Act concerning contracting-out and under Part IV of the Act concerning transfer values. Provision is also made for certain provisions relating to member-nominated trustees and directors to come into force, for transitional purposes only, on 6th October 1996;

— 1st June 1996, for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations about contracting-out by “hybrid schemes”;

— 6th April 1997, insofar as not already in force, for section 136 of the Act (new contracting-out requirements) and that day is designated as the principal appointed day for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order)
The following provisions have been brought into force by the Pensions Act 1995 (Commencement No. 1) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/2548) (C.51) or the Pensions Act 1995 (Commencement No. 2) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/3104) (C.71).


Provision
Date of Commencement
S.I. No.

Section 39
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Sections 62–66 (partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 90
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

Section 117 (partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 120 (partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 121 (partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 122 (partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 124 (partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 156
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

Section 169
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

Section 172
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

Section 173 (partially)
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

Section 174 (partially)
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

(partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Section 175 (partially)
2nd October 1995
1995/2548

(partially)
4th December 1995
1995/3104

(partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Schedule 3 (partially)
1st January 1996
1995/3104

Schedule 6, paragraph 1
2nd October 1995
1995/2548



(1)
1995 c. 26.

(2)
1993 c. 48.
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