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Age Discrimination Regulations (State Pensions)

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

11. What assessment he has made of the impact of the age discrimination regulations on state pensions. (102906)

I would like to thank the Minister for that answer, but I will not. The CBI’s deputy director-general, John Cridland, has said:

“employers now face an impossible challenge to implement the new rules by the end of the month.”

The regulations have already been postponed once because of a lack of timely consultation by the Department for Work and Pensions. Given that the regulations must be in force by 2 December to satisfy EU law, can the Minister tell us why the Government left it so late to put their house in order?

Of course, that is nothing to do with state pensions, which is what the hon. Gentleman’s question was about. The CBI also said that it was relieved that the Government had responded to its concerns about the previous set of regulations, which would have been an administrative nightmare. The CBI welcomed the changes that we made, and we worked closely with the CBI in making them.