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69.—(1) The Authority may, on an application made to them by persons competent to do so, make an order in respect of an occupational pension scheme (other than a public service pension scheme)—
(a)authorising the modification of the scheme with a view to achieving any of the purposes mentioned in paragraph (3), or
(b)modifying the scheme with a view to achieving any such purpose.
(2) Regulations may make provision[F1requiring applications under this Article to meet prescribed requirements].
(3) The purposes referred to in paragraph (1) are—
(a)F2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(b)in the case of [F3a registered pension scheme under section 153 of the Finance Act 2004] which is being wound up, to enable assets remaining after the liabilities of the scheme have been fully discharged to be distributed to the employer, where prescribed requirements in relation to the distribution are satisfied, or
(c)to enable the scheme to be so treated during a prescribed period that an employment to which the scheme applies may be contracted-out employment by reference to it.
(4) The persons competent to make an application under this Article are—
(a)in the case of the purposes referred to in sub-paragraphF4. . . (b) of paragraph (3), the trustees of the scheme, and
(b)in the case of the purposes referred to in sub-paragraph (c) of that paragraph—
(i)the trustees or managers of the scheme,
(ii)the employer, or
(iii)any person other than the trustees or managers who has power to alter the rules of the scheme.
(5) An order under paragraph (1)(a) must be framed—
(b)if made with a view to achieving the purposes referred to in paragraph (3)(c), so as to confer the power of modification on such persons (who may include persons who were not parties to the application made to the Authority) as the Authority think appropriate.
(6) Regulations may provide that in prescribed circumstances this Article does not apply to occupational pension schemes falling within a prescribed class or description or applies to them with prescribed modifications.
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