Superannuation Bill — New Clause 1 — Consents required for civil service compensation scheme modifications — 13 Oct 2010 at 14:15

George Hollingbery MP, Meon Valley voted to remove the need to get the agreement of civil servants before reducing (capping) their severance payments.

The majority of MPs agreed to remove provisions contained within section 2(3) of the Superannuation Act 1972[1] which required the agreement of the civil servants affected before their severance payments could be reduced.

The government decided to remove the provision because an agreement to implement a cap on payments to civil servants leaving their jobs could not be reached.[2]

MPs had previously voted[3] to cap civil service redundancy payments at a maximum of 12 months’ pay for compulsory redundancy and 15 months’ for voluntary exits.

The Superannuation Act 1972 is to be amended a new clause which via this vote MPs approved adding to the Superannuation Bill[4], the agreed clause reads:

  • Section 2 of the Superannuation Act 1972 is amended as follows.
  • In subsection (3), at the beginning insert "Subject to subsection (3A) below,".
  • After subsection (3) insert-
  • "(3A) Subsection (3) above does not apply to a provision which would have the effect of reducing the amount of a compensation benefit except in so far as the compensation benefit is one provided in respect of a loss of office or employment which is the consequence of-
  • (a) a notice of dismissal given before the coming into operation of the scheme which would have that effect, or
  • (b) an agreement made before the coming into operation of that scheme.
  • (3B) In this section-
  • "compensation benefit" means so much of any pension, allowance or gratuity as is provided under the civil service compensation scheme by way of compensation to or in respect of a person by reason only of the person's having suffered loss of office or employment;
  • "the civil service compensation scheme" means so much of any scheme under the said section 1 (whenever made) as provides by virtue of subsection (2) above for benefits to be provided by way of compensation to or in respect of persons who suffer loss of office or employment.
  • (3C) In subsection (3B) above a reference to suffering loss of office or employment includes a reference to suffering loss or diminution of emoluments as a consequence of suffering loss of office or employment."
  • (4) The amendments made by this section apply in relation to reductions to which effect is given by a scheme made under section 1 of the 1972 Act after the coming into force of this section.
  • (5) Subsection (6) applies if-
  • (a) a scheme under section 1 of the 1972 Act is made after this section comes into force, and
  • (b) consultation on the proposed scheme took place to any extent before this section came into force.
  • (6) The fact that the amendments made by this section were not in force when that consultation took place does not affect the question whether the consultation satisfied the requirements of section 1(3) of the 1972 Act.'.

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Debate in Parliament | Source |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con260 (+2 tell) 0085.6%
DUP0 5062.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 222 (+2 tell)086.8%
LDem39 3073.7%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:299 240084.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Don FosterBathLDemno
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDemno
David WardBradford EastLDemno

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