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2.—(1) The provisions of the Pension Schemes Act specified in paragraph (2) and repealed by paragraphs 5, 8 to 11, 22, 28, 29, 36F1... and 45(2) and (4) of Schedule 13 to the Act (abolition of contracting-out for salary related schemes) continue to have effect, despite those repeals, for the purposes of allowing or requiring the trustees or managers of a scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme, and HMRC, to carry out any necessary activity relating to any period of contracted-out employment which occurred before the second abolition date.

(2) The provisions are—

(a)section 3 F2 (issue of contracting-out certificates);

(b)section 5 F3 (requirements for certification of schemes: general);

(c)section 7 F4 (elections as to employments covered by contracting-out certificates);

(d)sections 8A to 8D F5 (requirements for certification of occupational pension schemes applying from 6th April 1997);

(e)sections 30 F6 to 32 (cancellation, variation, surrender and refusal of certificates);

(f)section 37 F7 (reduced rates of Class 1 contributions);

(g)section 49(3) F8 (supervision: former contracted-out schemes);

F9(h). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(i)paragraphs 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 F10 of Schedule 1 (certification regulations).

(3) Sections 8A to 8D of the Pension Schemes Act continue to have effect, as if the repeals made by paragraphs 10 and 11 of Schedule 13 to the Act had not been made, in relation to a scheme that was a salary related contracted-out scheme and which provides a reference scheme minimum benefit in order to meet the statutory standard in section 8A, and in relation to the period of a member's contracted-out employment which ended before or on the second abolition date.

(4) Section 12(2) of the Pension Schemes Act (revaluation of earnings factors for purposes of section 10: early leavers, etc.) continues to have effect, as if it had not been substituted by paragraph 16 of Schedule 13 to the Act, in relation to earners whose service in contracted-out employment ended before the second abolition date.

(5) Section 46 F11 of the Pension Schemes Act (powers of HMRC to approve arrangements for scheme ceasing to be certified) continues to have effect, as if that section had not been repealed by paragraph 33 of Schedule 13 to the Act, in relation to a salary related contracted-out scheme which ceased to be such a scheme before the second abolition date.

(6) Sections 51 to 64 of the Pension Schemes Act continue to have effect, as if they had not been repealed by paragraph 37 of Schedule 13 to the Act, for the purposes of allowing or requiring the trustees or managers of a scheme described in paragraph (7) to elect to pay, and pay, a contributions equivalent premium, in relation to members of the scheme whose contracted-out employment endedF12... before the second abolition date.

(7) A scheme referred to in paragraph (6) is—

(a)one which started to wind up before the second abolition date, or

(b)one—

(i)which had not started to wind up before the second abolition date;

(ii)which entered a PPF assessment period before 6th April 2016, and where the assessment period continues after 6th April 2019, and

(iii)where the trustees or managers of the scheme elected to pay a contributions equivalent premium after the start of the PPF assessment period but cannot make that payment during the assessment period due to the restriction in Article 119(4)(b) of the 2005 Order (restrictions on winding up, discharge of liabilities etc.).

[F13(7A) Sections 51 to 64 of the Pension Schemes Act (state scheme premiums) continue to have effect as if they had not been repealed by paragraph 37 of Schedule 13 to the Act (abolition of contracting-out for salary related schemes) for the purposes of allowing action to be taken by HMRC and the trustees or managers of a scheme in relation to the payment of a contributions equivalent premium in respect of an earner to whom section 51(2)(a) to (c) applied before the second abolition date.

(7B) Sections 52 to 64 of the Pension Schemes Act additionally continue to have effect as if they had not been repealed by paragraph 37 of Schedule 13 to the Act in so far as necessary for the purposes of Article 3 of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 with the modifications specified in paragraphs (7C) to (7F).

(7C) In section 52 (provisions supplementary to section 51)—

(a)omit subsection (2);

(b)in subsection (4) for the words following paragraph (b) substitute—

the earner’s length of service in employment for the purposes of Article 3(3)(b) of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 shall include any period of linked qualifying service which was contracted-out employment by reference to the other scheme.;

(c)in subsection (6) for “section 51(2A)” substitute “Article 3(5) of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016”;

(d)in subsection (8)

(i)for “section 51” substitute “Article 3 of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016”;

(ii)for “sections 51 to 64” substitute “sections 52 to 64”;

(e)in subsection (9) for “section 51” substitute “Article 3 of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016”.

(7D) In section 53 (elections to pay contributions equivalent premiums)—

(a)for subsection (1) substitute—

(1) Where the relevant person is required to make a contributions equivalent premium or elects to do so under Article 3 of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016, the relevant person must notify HMRC in writing in such form as HMRC may reasonably require for the purpose of identifying the earner to whom the election relates.

(1A) Such notification must be given—

(a)where the circumstances specified in Article 3(5)(d) of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 apply, within the period of two years starting with the date the scheme began to be wound up; or

(b)where the circumstances specified in Article 3(5)(a), (b) or (c) of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 apply, within the period beginning one month before, and ending 6 months after, the date on which the earner’s service in employment in relation to the scheme or membership of the scheme ceased.

(1B) In this section the “relevant person” means—

(a)in a case where a transfer has been made in relation to the scheme under Article 145 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (effect of Board assuming responsibility for a scheme), the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (as defined in that Order); and

(b)in all other cases, the trustees or managers of the scheme.;

(b)in subsection (2) for “prescribed person” substitute “relevant person”;

(c)omit subsection (4).

(7E) In section 54(7) (amount of premiums payable under section 51) for “section 51(2)” substitute “Article 3 of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016”.

(7F) In section 56 (effect of payment of premiums on rights)—

(a)in subsection (4) for “section 51(2A)(a) and (b), (d) and (e)” substitute “Article 3(5)(a), (b) and (d) of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016”;

(b)in subsection (5) for “section 51(2A)(c)” substitute “Article 3(5)(c) of the Pensions (2015 Act) (Contributions Equivalent Premium) (Consequential Provision) and (Savings) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016”.]

(8) Section 83(1)(a) F14 of the Pension Schemes Act (general protection principle) continues to have effect, as if sub-paragraph (i) had not been substituted by paragraph 38 of Schedule 13 to the Act, in relation to earners whose service in contracted-out employment ended before the second abolition date.

F2Section 3 was amended by Article 133(1) of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and paragraph 2 of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

F3Section 5 was amended by Article 133(3) of, and paragraph 14(a) of Schedule 3 to, the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, paragraph 38 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/671), Article 260 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/255 (N.I. 1)), section 12(4) of, and paragraph 4 of Schedule 4 to, the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and Article 8(2) of S.I. 2006/745

F4Section 7 was amended by paragraph 40 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

F5Sections 8A to 8D were inserted by Article 133(5) of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995. Section 8A was amended by paragraph 3 of Schedule 5 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to S.R. 2005 No. 433

F6Section 30 was amended by paragraph 30 of Schedule 3 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, paragraph 48 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 and paragraph 15 of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

F7Section 37 was amended by paragraph 95 of Schedule 6 to the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1506 (N.I. 10)), paragraph 50 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, paragraph 6 of Schedule 10 to the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 (c. 30), paragraph 41 of Schedule 1 to the National Insurance Contributions Act 2002 (c. 19), paragraph 34 of Schedule 1 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, paragraph 10 of Schedule 7 to the Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and Article 5 of S.I. 2011/1036

F8Section 49(3) was substituted by paragraph 40(c) of Schedule 3 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and amended by paragraph 61 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 and Article 4(12) of S.R. 2012 No. 124

F10Paragraphs 2 and 3 were amended by paragraph 77(2) and (3) of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. Paragraph 4 was amended by paragraph 70(b) of Schedule 3 and Part 3 of Schedule 5 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, paragraph 77(4) of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 and paragraph 58(2) of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. Paragraph 6 was amended by Part 3 of Schedule 5 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and paragraph 58(4) of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. Paragraph 7 was amended by paragraph 77(6) of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

F11Section 46 was amended by paragraph 37 of Schedule 3 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, paragraph 60 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 and Article 4(10) of S.R. 2012 No. 124

F14Section 83(1)(a) was amended by paragraph 28 of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

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