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The Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 2 and Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

1999 No. 271 (C. 22)

SOCIAL SECURITY

The Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 2 and Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999

Made

14th June 1999

The Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Article 1(3) and (4) of the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999(1) and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order:

Citation and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 2 and Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999.

(2) In this Order “the Transfer Order” means the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

Appointed days

2.  Subject to Article 4 of this Order, the day appointed for the coming into force of—

(a)the provisions of the Transfer Order which are specified in Part I of the Schedule to this Order, in so far as they authorise the making of regulations, is 15th June 1999;

(b)the provisions of the Transfer Order which are specified in Part II of that Schedule, in so far as they are not already in force, is 5th July 1999.

Consequential amendments

3.—(1) Subject to Article 4 of this Order, the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(2) shall on 5th July 1999 be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4) of this Article.

(2) In regulation 1 (interpretation)—

(a)in paragraph (2)—

(i)after the definition of “appeal” there shall be inserted the following definition—

the Board” means the Commissioners of Inland Revenue;,

(ii)in the definition of “claimant” in paragraph (b) for “the Department” there shall be substituted “an officer of the Board”, and

(iii)in the definition of “official error” after “the Department” in each place where it occurs there shall be inserted “or the Board”; and

(b)after paragraph (2) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(2A) In so far as these Regulations relate to a decision made under the Pension Schemes Act by virtue of section 165(2) of that Act(3), any reference to the Department shall be construed as if it were a reference to an officer of the Board..

(3) In regulation 3 (revision of decisions)—

(a)in paragraph (4) for “the Department” there shall be substituted “an officer of the Board”; and

(b)in paragraph (11) after sub-paragraph (b) there shall be added—

or

(c)in the case of a contributions decision which falls within Part II of Schedule 3 to the Order, a National Insurance Contributions office of the Board or an office of the Department; or

(d)in the case of a decision made under the Pension Schemes Act by virtue of section 165(2) of that Act, a National Insurance Contributions office of the Board..

(4) In regulation 33(1) (making of appeals and applications) for sub-paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(b)be sent or delivered to—

(i)in the case of a contributions decision which falls within Part II of Schedule 3 to the Order, a National Insurance Contributions office of the Board or an office of the Department,

(ii)in the case of a decision made under the Pension Schemes Act by virtue of section 165(2) of that Act, a National Insurance Contributions office of the Board,

(iii)in any other case, an office of the Department;.

Transitional provision

4.  Notwithstanding paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 7 to the Transfer Order (which provides for certain determinations made by the Department to have effect as if made by the Board), Article 15(2) of the Transfer Order shall not apply with respect to any decision made before 5th July 1999 by the Department on any such question as is mentioned in section 165(1) of the Pensions Act (which includes such a question among the questions to which section 15(1) of the Administration Act applies).

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland on

L.S.

John O'Neill

Assistant Secretary

14th June 1999.

Article 2

SCHEDULE

PART IProvisions coming into force on 15th June 1999 for the purpose only of authorising the making of regulations

Provisions of Transfer OrderSubject Matter
Article 15(2)Decisions under Pensions Act

The following paragraphs of Schedule 6 and Article 17 in so far as it relates to them—

  • paragraph 18

Amendments relating to decisions and appeals—

  • reference of issues by the Department to Inland Revenue

  • paragraph 27

  • appeals dependent on issues falling to be decided by Inland Revenue

PART IIProvisions coming into force on 5th July 1999

Provisions of Transfer OrderSubject Matter
Article 15Decisions under Pensions Act

The following paragraphs of Schedule 6 and Article 17 in so far as it relates to them—

Amendments relating to decisions and appeals—

  • paragraph 3

  • provisions concerned with industrial injuries and diseases

  • paragraph 9

  • issues for Inland Revenue arising in legal proceedings

  • paragraph 12(3)

  • application to pension schemes of social security provision for determination of questions

  • paragraph 13

  • questions under Pensions Act arising in legal proceedings

  • paragraph 14

  • reports by Inland Revenue about decision making

  • paragraph 18

  • reference of issues by the Department to Inland Revenue

  • paragraph 27

  • appeals dependent on issues falling to be decided by Inland Revenue

  • paragraph 28

  • correction of errors and setting aside of decisions

  • paragraph 30 in so far as it relates to paragraph 23 of Schedule 3 to the 1998 Order

  • decisions against which an appeal lies

The following repeals in Schedule 9 and Article 24(3) in so far as it relates to them—

Repeals and revocations—

  • the Pensions Act—

    • section 163(3)

  • application to pension schemes of social security provision for determination of questions

  • the 1998 Order—

    • in Schedule 3, paragraph 23

  • decisions against which an appeal lies

  • in Schedule 6, paragraphs 98(1) and 100

  • amendments to sections 163 and 166 of the Pensions Act

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)

This Order brings into force further provisions of the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (“the Transfer Order”).

The provisions of the Transfer Order to which this Order relates are concerned with the determination of issues under the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (c. 49) (“the Pensions Act”) and with the procedures for decision making and appeals on social security matters where other issues arise which fall to be determined by officers of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue (“the Board”). In accordance with Article 2 of this Order, the provisions of the Transfer Order specified in Part I of the Schedule to this Order come into force on 15th June 1999 in so far as they authorise the making of regulations and the provisions specified in Part II of that Schedule come into force on 5th July 1999.

Article 3 of this Order makes consequential amendments to the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, in particular so that references in those Regulations to the Department of Health and Social Services in the context of decisions under the Pensions Act are replaced by, or construed as, references to an officer of the Board, and so that documents relating to such decisions are sent to officers of the Board.

Article 4 of this Order makes transitional provision, in respect of decisions under section 165(1) of the Pensions Act, in connection with the coming into force of Article 15(2) of the Transfer Order.

Article 23 of the Transfer Order was brought into force on 25th March 1999 by an Order (The Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (1999 Order) (Commencement of Article 23) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999) which was not made by a statutory rule and copies of which can be obtained from the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland, Social Security Policy and Legislation Division, Room D3, Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3SQ.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order.)

The following provisions of the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 have been brought into force by the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R. 1999 No. 149 (C. 15)) as from the dates shown.

ProvisionDate of Commencement
Article 3(1) and Schedule 11.4.99
Article 3(2) and Schedule 2 (partially)1.4.99
Article 4 and Schedule 31.4.99
Article 5 and Schedule 41.4.99 and 6.4.99
Article 6 and Schedule 51.4.99
Article 71.4.99 and 6.4.99
Articles 8 and 926.3.99 and 1.4.99
Articles 10 and 1126.3.99, 1.4.99 and 6.4.99
Articles 12 and 1326.3.99 and 1.4.99
Article 141.4.99
Article 17 and Schedule 6 (partially)26.3.99, 1.4.99 and 6.4.99
Article 1826.3.99 and 1.4.99
Article 191.4.99
Article 211.4.99
Article 2226.3.99
Article 24(2) and Schedule 826.3.99 and 1.4.99
Article 24(3) and Schedule 9 (partially)1.4.99 and 6.4.99
(2)

S.R. 1999 No. 162, to which there are amendments not relevant to this order

(3)

Section 165 was amended by paragraph 60 of Schedule 3 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/3213 (N.I. 22)), substituted by paragraph 99 of Schedule 6 to the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1506 (N.I. 10)) and amended by Article 15(2) of the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

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