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The Ombudsman (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Article 5(4).

SCHEDULE 1PENSIONS AND OTHER BENEFITS

Interpretation

1.  In this Schedule—

“the 1993 Act” means the [1993 c. 8.] Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993;

“the 1993 scheme” means the scheme of pensions and other benefits constituted by Part I of the 1993 Act;

“the civil service scheme” means the scheme of pensions and other benefits applicable under Article 3 of the [1972 NI 10.] Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 to the civil service of Northern Ireland;

“judicial pension scheme” means any public service pension scheme, as defined in—

(a)

section 1 of the [1993 c. 48.] Pensions Schemes Act 1993; or

(b)

section 1 of the [1993 c. 49.] Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993, under which pensions and other benefits are payable in respect of service in one or more qualifying judicial offices, within the meaning of the 1993 Act, but does not include the civil service scheme;

Persons holding office before 31 March 1995

2.  Notwithstanding any provision in this Order, the [S.R.&O. 1973 No. 455. (N.I.)] Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Commissioner for Complaints (Pension) Order (Northern Ireland) 1973 shall continue to apply in relation to a person who held office as Northern Ireland Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration at any time before 31 March 1995.

Persons taking office on or after 31 March 1995

3.  A person who first holds office as Ombudsman on or after 31 March 1995 shall be entitled, if he was a member of a judicial pension scheme immediately before he first holds that office, to elect between—

(a)the scheme of pensions and other benefits under that judicial pension scheme (his “former scheme”);

(b)(if different from his former scheme) the 1993 scheme; and

(c)the civil service scheme,

and, if he is not entitled to make an election under this paragraph, or if he is so entitled but fails to make such an election, he shall be treated as if he had been so entitled and had elected for the civil service scheme.

Effect of election to continue in former scheme

4.  Where a person elects under this Schedule for his former scheme, that scheme shall, subject to regulations made under this Schedule, apply as if his service as Ombudsman were service which was subject, in his case, to that scheme.

Effect of election for the civil service scheme

5.  Where a person elects under this Schedule for the civil service scheme, the principal civil service pension scheme within the meaning of Article 4 of the [1972 NI 10.] Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 and for the time being in force shall apply as if his service as Ombudsman were service in employment in the civil service of Northern Ireland.

Effect of election for the 1993 scheme

6.—(1) A person who elects under paragraph 3(b) for the 1993 scheme, shall be entitled, when he ceases to hold office as Ombudsman, to a pension under Part I of the 1993 Act at the appropriate annual rate (within the meaning of that Act) if he has held that office for at least 5 years and either—

(a)he has attained the age of 65; or

(b)he is disabled by permanent infirmity for the performance of the duties of the office.

(2) Subject to the following provisions of, and regulations made under, this Schedule, the provisions of Part I of the 1993 Act (other than sections 1(1) to (4) and 2) and of sections 19, 20 and 23 of, and Schedule 2 to, that Act (which provide for benefits in respect of earnings in excess of pension-capped salary, appeals and transfer of accrued rights) shall apply in relation to him and his service in the office of Ombudsman as they apply in relation to a person to whom Part I of that Act applies.

(3) Subject to regulations made under this Schedule, in the application of provisions of the 1993 Act by virtue of sub-paragraph (2) a person who elects for the 1993 scheme shall be treated—

(a)as if the office of Ombudsman were a qualifying judicial office (within the meaning of that Act) by virtue of inclusion among the offices specified in Part I of Schedule 1 to that Act;

(b)as if his election under this Schedule were an election such as is mentioned in paragraph (d) of section 1(1) of that Act (so that, in particular, section 12 of that Act, which provides for the transfer of accrued rights into the scheme, applies);

(c)as if his pension by virtue of this Schedule were a pension under section 2 of that Act (and, accordingly, a judicial pension, within the meaning of that Act); and

(d)for the purpose of determining, in the event of his death, the rate of any surviving spouse’s or children’s pension payable under sections 5 to 8 of that Act in respect of his service as Ombudsman, as if references in those sections to the annual rate of the deceased’s judicial pension were references—

(i)where a pension had commenced to be paid to him by virtue of sub-paragraph (1), to the appropriate annual rate of that pension; or

(ii)where no such pension had commenced to be paid to him, to the rate that would have been the appropriate annual rate of the pension payable to him by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)(b), had he not died, but been disabled by permanent infirmity for the performance of the duties of his office on and after the date of death.

(4) In the application of the 1993 Act to the Ombudsman (whether by virtue of paragraph 3(a) or (b)) the references to the appropriate Minister in sections 13 (election for personal 'pension), 19 (benefits in respect of earnings in excess of pension-capped salary) and 20 (appeals) of, and Schedule 2 (transfer of accrued rights) to, that Act shall be taken as references to the Minister for the Civil Service and the power conferred by paragraph 2 of that Schedule to make regulations shall be exercisable by the Minister for the Civil Service.

Time for, and manner of, election

7.  Any power to make an election under this Schedule shall be exercisable within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed in regulations under this Schedule.

Regulations

8.—(1) The Minister for the Civil Service may make regulations for purposes supplementary to the other provisions of this Schedule.

(2) Any such regulations may, without prejudice to section 38 of the [1967 c. 24 (N.I.).] Superannuation Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 or section 39A of the [1965 c. 74.] Superannuation Act 1965 (employment in more than one public office), make special provision with respect to the pensions and other benefits payable to or in respect of a person to whom—

(a)his former scheme,

(b)the 1993 scheme, or

(c)the civil service scheme,

applies, or has applied, in respect of any service other than service as Ombudsman.

(3) The provision that may be made by virtue of sub-paragraph (2) includes provision—

(a)for aggregating—

(i)other service falling within his former scheme or the 1993 scheme with service as Ombudsman, or

(ii)service as Ombudsman with such other service, for the purpose of determining qualification for, or entitlement to, or the amount of, benefit under the scheme in question;

(b)for increasing the amount of the benefit payable under any of the schemes mentioned in head (a)(i), in the case of a person to whom that scheme applied in respect of an office held by him before appointment as Ombudsman, up to the amount that would have been payable under that scheme if he had retired from that office on the ground of permanent infirmity immediately before his appointment.

(4) Regulations made under this Schedule shall be subject to annulment in like manner as a statutory instrument and section 5 of the [1946 c. 36.] Statutory Instruments Act 1946 shall apply accordingly.

Pensions and benefits to be charged on the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom

9.  Any pension or other benefit granted by virtue of this Schedule (except a pension or other benefit under the civil service scheme) shall be charged on, and issued out of, the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom.

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