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Board's obligation to obtain valuation of assets and protected liabilitiesN.I.
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127.—(1 )F1 This Article applies in a case within paragraph (1) of Article 111 or 112.

[F2F3F1(2 ) The Board must, as soon as reasonably practicable—

(a)determine whether the condition in paragraph (2)(a) of the Article in question is satisfied, or

(b)for the purposes of determining whether that condition is satisfied, obtain an actuarial valuation of the scheme as at the relevant time.

(2A) Before doing so, it must give a notice stating whether it will make a determination under paragraph (2)(a) or obtain an actuarial valuation under paragraph (2)(b) to—

(a)the trustees or managers of the scheme, and

(b)any insolvency practitioner in relation to the employer or, if there is no such insolvency practitioner, the employer.]

(3) For [F4the purposes of this Article], regulations may provide that any of the following are to be regarded as assets or protected liabilities of the scheme at the relevant time if prescribed requirements are met—

(a)a debt due to the trustees or managers of the scheme by virtue of a contribution notice issued under Article 34, 43 or 51 during the pre-approval period;

(b)an obligation arising under financial support for the scheme (within the meaning of Article 41) put in place during the pre-approval period in accordance with a financial support direction issued under Article 39;

(c)an obligation imposed by a restoration order under Article 48 during the pre–approval period in respect of a transaction involving assets of the scheme.

(4) For the purposes of [F5a determination made under paragraph (2)(a) or an actuarial valuation obtained under paragraph (2)(b)], regulations may prescribe how—

(a)the assets and the protected liabilities of eligible schemes, and

(b)their amount or value,

are to be determined, calculated and verified.

(5) Regulations under paragraph (4) may provide, in particular, that when calculating the amount or value of assets or protected liabilities of an eligible scheme at the relevant time which consist of any of the following—

(a)a debt (including any contingent debt) due to the trustees or managers of the scheme from the employer under Article 75 of the 1995 Order (deficiencies in the scheme assets),

(b)a debt due to the trustees or managers of the scheme by virtue of a contribution notice issued under Article 34, 43 or 51,

(c)an obligation arising under financial support for the scheme (within the meaning of Article 41) put in place in accordance with a financial support direction issued under Article 39, or

(d)an obligation imposed by a restoration order made under Article 48 in respect of a transaction involving assets of the scheme,

account must be taken in the prescribed manner of prescribed events which occur during the pre-approval period.

[F6(5A) Paragraph (5B) applies if—

(a)during the pre‐approval period any liability to provide pensions or other benefits to or in respect of any member or members under the scheme is discharged by virtue of regulations under Article 119(4) or the Board validating any action mentioned in Article 119(9), and

(b)at the relevant time the protected liabilities of the scheme include any cost within Article 115(1)(a) relating to compensation in respect of those pensions or other benefits.

(5B) If this paragraph applies, for the purposes [F7of this Article]

(a)in determining that cost the effect of the discharge on the compensation payable in respect of those pensions or other benefits under paragraph 23A of Schedule 6 must be taken into account,

(b)in a case where assets of the scheme at the relevant time were transferred from the scheme during the pre‐approval period in consideration for the discharge, those assets are not to be regarded as assets of the scheme at the relevant time, and

(c)in a case where assets that were not assets of the scheme at that time ( “later‐acquired assets”) were so transferred, the value of the assets of the scheme at that time is to be reduced by the value of the later‐acquired assets at the time of the discharge.]

[F8(5C) The Board must issue a statement setting out how (subject to any provision made under paragraph (4)) it will make determinations under paragraph (2)(a).]

(6) Subject to any provision made under paragraph (4), [F9for the purposes of an actuarial valuation obtained under paragraph (2)(b)] the matters mentioned in [F10paragraph (4)(a) and (b)] are to be determined, calculated and verified in accordance with guidance issued by the Board.

(7 )F1 In calculating the amount of any liabilities for the purposes of this Article, a provision of the scheme rules which limits the amount of the scheme's liabilities by reference to the value of its assets is to be disregarded.

(8) The duty imposed by paragraph (2) ceases to apply if and when the Board ceases to be involved with the scheme.

(9) Nothing in paragraph (2) [F11requires a determination to be made, or an] actuarial valuation to be obtained during any period when the Board considers that an event may occur which, by virtue of regulations under paragraph (3) or (4)[F6 or by virtue of paragraph (5B)], may affect the value of the assets or the amount of the protected liabilities of the scheme for the purposes of [F12the determination or] the valuation.

(10) In a case where there are one or more reviewable ill health pensions (within the meaning of Article 124), nothing in paragraph (2) [F13requires a determination to be made, or an] actuarial valuation to be obtained during the period mentioned in Article 125(5)(b) (period during which Board may exercise its power to make a decision following a review) relating to any such pension.

(11) For the purposes of this Article—

(a )F3F1“actuarial valuation”, in relation to the scheme, means a written valuation of the assets and protected liabilities of the scheme which—

(i)is in the prescribed form and contains the prescribed information, and

(ii)is prepared and signed by—

(a)a person with prescribed qualifications or experience, or

(b)a person approved by the Department,

F3(b )“the pre-approval period”, in relation to the scheme, means the period which—

(i)begins immediately after the relevant time, and

(ii)ends immediately before the time the Board first [F14makes a determination under paragraph (2)(a) or] approves a valuation of the scheme under Article 128 after the relevant time,

(c )F1“the relevant time”

(i)in a case within paragraph (1) of Article 111, has the meaning given in paragraph (4)(b) of that Article, and

(ii )F1in a case within paragraph (1) of Article 112, has the meaning given in paragraph (3)(b) of that Article, and

(d)references to “assets” do not include assets representing the value of any rights in respect of money purchase benefits under the scheme rules.F1

F1mod. by SR 2005/91

F2Art. 127(2)(2A) substituted for art. 127(2) (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(2); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F3mod. by SR 2005/55

F4Words in art. 127(3) substituted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(3); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F5Words in art. 127(4) substituted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(4); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F6SR 2005/137

F7Words in art. 127(5B) substituted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(5); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F8Art. 127(5C) inserted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(6); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F9Words in art. 127(6) inserted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(7)(a); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F10Words in art. 127(6) substituted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(7)(b); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F11Words in art. 127(9) substituted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(8)(a); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F12Words in art. 127(9) inserted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(8)(b); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F13Words in art. 127(10) substituted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(9); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

F14Words in art. 127(11)(b)(ii) inserted (2.7.2012 for specified purposes, 23.7.2012 in so far as not already in operation) by Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012 (c. 3), s. 34(3), Sch. 4 para. 5(10); S.R. 2012/265, art. 2(3)(a)(ii)

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