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Part VGeneral

63Transitional provisions

(1)Regulations may make provision for any transitional matter connected with the coming into force of this Act.

(2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, regulations may in particular—

(a)make provision whereby a contribution paid or credited before (or in respect of a period before) commencement is treated, for the purposes of entitlement to or the calculation of any benefit, as having been paid or credited at a specified time or in respect of earnings of a specified amount;

(b)make provision whereby a person who has satisfied any contribution condition before commencement is treated as having satisfied any contribution condition having effect by virtue of this Act;

(c)modify any contribution condition in cases where the period in relation to which it is to be satisfied begins before and ends after commencement;

(d)modify any provision of this Act in relation to persons who have attained the age of 16 before commencement;

(e)make provision with respect to the operation of Schedule 1 to this Act in relation to persons who have attained pensionable age before commencement but have not then retired from regular employment;

(f)make provision for effecting orderly transition between Part III of the National Insurance Act 1965 and Part III of this Act, including provision modifying for that purpose any provision of those Parts ;

(g)make provision for enabling the Occupational Pensions Board to issue contracting-out certificates on the basis of such undertakings and information as may be prescribed;

(h)make provision for the preservation of rights under any provision repealed or modified by this Act or otherwise for securing continuity between any such provision and any provision of this Act.

(3)In subsection (2) above " commencement" means the time of the coming into force of any provision of this Act specified in the regulations in question.