Payment of surplus to employer
227. For Article 37 of the 1995 Order (payment of surplus to employer) substitute—
“Payment of surplus to employer
37. (1) This Article applies to a trust scheme if—
(a)apart from this Article power is conferred on the employer or any other person to make payments to the employer out of funds held for the purposes of the scheme, and
(b)the scheme is not being wound up.
(2) Where the power referred to in paragraph (1)(a) is conferred by the scheme on a person other than the trustees—
(a)it cannot be exercised by that person but may instead be exercised by the trustees, and
(b)any restriction imposed by the scheme on the exercise of the power shall, so far as capable of doing so, apply to its exercise by the trustees.
(3) The power referred to in paragraph (1)(a) may only be exercised if—
(a)the trustees have obtained a written valuation of the scheme’s assets and liabilities prepared and signed by a prescribed person,
(b)there is a certificate in force—
(i)stating that in the opinion of that person the prescribed requirements are met as at the date by reference to which the assets are valued and the liabilities are calculated, and
(ii)specifying what in the opinion of that person is the maximum amount of payment that may be made to the employer,
(c)the payment does not exceed the maximum amount specified in the certificate,
(d)the trustees are satisfied that it is in the interests of the members that the power is exercised in the manner proposed,
(e)where the power is conferred by the scheme on the employer, the employer has asked for the power to be exercised, or consented to its being exercised, in the manner proposed,
(f)there is no freezing order in force in relation to the scheme under Article 19 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, and
(g)notice of the proposal to exercise the power has been given, in accordance with prescribed requirements, to the members of the scheme.
(4) Provision may be made by regulations as to—
(a)the requirements (which may be alternative requirements) that must be met, in relation to any proposed payment to the employer out of funds held for the purposes of a scheme, with respect to the value of the scheme’s assets and the amount of its liabilities,
(b)the assets and liabilities to be taken into account for that purpose and the manner in which their value or amount is to be determined, calculated and verified,
(c)the maximum amount of the payment that may be made to the employer, having regard to the value of the scheme’s assets and the amount of its liabilities,
(d)the giving of a certificate as to the matters mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) and (c), and
(e)the period for which such a certificate is to be in force.
(5) The trustees must also comply with any other prescribed requirements in connection with the making of a payment under this Article.
(6) If the trustees—
(a)purport to exercise the power referred to in paragraph (1)(a) without complying with the requirements of this Article, or
(b)fail to comply with any requirement of regulations under paragraph (5),
Article 10 applies to any of them who has failed to take all reasonable steps to secure compliance.
(7) If a person other than the trustees purports to exercise the power referred to in paragraph (1)(a), Article 10 applies to him.
(8) Regulations may provide that in prescribed circumstances this Article does not apply, or applies with prescribed modifications, to schemes of a prescribed description.”.