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Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972

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Superannuation schemes as respects civil servants, etc.N.I.

3.F1(1) The Ministry—

(a)may make, maintain, and administer schemes (whether contributory or not) whereby provision is made with respect to the pensions, allowances or gratuities which, subject to the fulfilment of such requirements and conditions as may be prescribed by the scheme, are to be paid, or may be paid, by the Ministry to or in respect of such of the persons to whom this Article applies as it may determine;

(b)may, in relation to such persons as any such scheme may provide, pay or receive transfer values;

(c)may make, in such circumstances as any such scheme may provide, payments by way of a return of contributions, with or without interest; and

(d)may make such payments as it thinks fit towards the provision, otherwise than by virtue of such a scheme, of superannuation benefits for or in respect of such of the persons to whom this Article applies as it may determine.

[F2(1A) Where a money purchase scheme under this Article includes provision enabling a member to elect for the benefits which are to be provided to or in respect of him to be purchased from any authorised provider whom he may specify, then—

(a)notwithstanding paragraph (1)(a), the scheme may make provision for the making of such an election to have the effect, in such cases as the scheme may specify, of discharging any liability of the Department to pay those benefits to or in respect of that member, but

(b)the scheme shall not be so framed as to have the effect that benefits under it may only be provided in a manner which discharges that liability of the Department.]

(2) Before making any scheme under this Article the Ministry shall consult with persons appearing to the Ministry to represent persons likely to be affected by the proposed scheme or with the last-mentioned persons.

(3) This Article applies to persons serving—

(a)in employment in the civil service; or

(b)in employment of any of the kinds listed in Schedule 1; or

(c)in an office so listed.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5), the Ministry may by order—

(a)add any employment to those listed in Schedule 1, being employment by a body or in an institution specified in the order; or

(b)add any office so specified to the offices so listed; or

(c)remove any employment or office from the employments or offices so listed.

(5) No employment or office shall be added to those listed in Schedule 1 unless the remuneration of persons serving in that employment or office is paid out of moneys appropriated by a transferred provision or out of the Consolidated Fund.

(6) Notwithstanding paragraph (5), the Ministry may by order provide that this Article shall apply to persons serving in employment which is remunerated out of a fund specified in the order, being a fund established by or under a transferred provision.

(7) An order under paragraph (4) or (6)—

(a)may be made so as to have effect as from a date before the making of the order;

(b)may include transitional and other supplemental provisions; and

(c)shall be subject to negative resolution.

[F2(8) In this article—

[F3“authorised provider”, in relation to the investment of any sums paid by way of voluntary contributions or the provision of any benefit, means—

(a)a person who has permission under Part 4 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to invest such sums or, as the case may be, to provide that benefit;

(b)an EEA firm of a kind mentioned in paragraph 5(a), (b) or (c) of Schedule 3 to that Act, which has permission under paragraph 15 of that Schedule (as a result of qualifying for authorisation under paragraph 12 of that Schedule) to invest such sums or, as the case may be, to provide that benefit and which satisfies the conditions applicable to it which are specified in paragraph (8B), (8C) or (8D); or

(c)an EEA firm of a kind mentioned in paragraph 5(d) of Schedule 3 to that Act, which has permission under paragraph 15 of that Schedule (as a result of qualifying for authorisation under paragraph 12 of that Schedule) to invest such sums or, as the case may be to provide that benefit;]

“money purchase scheme” means a scheme under which all the benefits that may be provided are money purchase benefits, as defined in[F4 section 176(1) of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993].]

[F3(8A) In paragraph (8), the definition of "authorised provider" must be read with—

(a)section 22 to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;

(b)any relevant order made under that section; and

(c)Schedule 2 to that Act.

(8B) If the EEA firm concerned is of the kind mentioned in paragraph 5(a) of Schedule 3 to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the conditions are—

(a)that, in investing of the sums in question, or in providing the benefit in question, the firm is carrying on a service falling within section A or C of the Annex to the Investment Services Directive; and

(b)that firm is authorised by its home state authorisation to carry on that service.

(8C) If the EEA firm concerned is of the kind mentioned in paragraph 5(b) of that Schedule, the conditions are—

(a)that, in investing of the sums in question, or in providing the benefit in question, the firm is carrying on an activity falling within Annex 1 to the Banking Consolidation Directive; and

(b)that the activity in question is one in relation to which an authority in the firm's home State has regulatory functions.

(8D) If the EEA firm concerned is of the kind mentioned in paragraph 5(c) of that Schedule, the conditions are—

(a)that, in investing of the sums in question, or in providing the benefit in question, the firm is carrying on an activity falling within Annex 1 to the Banking Consolidation Directive;

(b)that the activity in question is one in relation to which an authority in the firm's home State has regulatory functions; and

(c)that the firm also carries on the activity in question in its home State.

(8E) Expressions used in paragraphs (8B) to (8D) which are also used in Schedule 3 to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 have the same meanings in those paragraphs as they have in that Schedule.]

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F3SI 2002/1555

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