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Social Security and Housing Benefits Act 1982

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40Refusal and cancellation of contracting-out certificates

In the Social Security Pensions Act 1975 the following section is inserted after section 51—

  • " Refusal and cancellation of contracting-out certificates.

51A(1)This subsection applies in any case where—

(a)a contracting-out certificate (the ' first certificate ') has been surrendered by an employer or cancelled by the Occupational Pensions Board; and

(b)at any time before the expiry of the period of twelve months beginning with the date of the surrender or cancellation, that or any connected employer, with a view to the issue of a further contracting-out certificate, makes an election in respect of any employment which was specified by virtue of section 31(1)(a) of this Act in the first certificate.

(2)This subsection applies in any case where—

(a)a contracting-out certificate (the ' first certificate ') has been surrendered by an employer or cancelled by the Board ;

(b)a further contracting-out certificate has been issued, after the surrender or cancellation of the first certificate but before the expiry of the period of twelve months beginning with the date of the surrender or cancellation, in respect of any employment which was specified by virtue of section 31(1)(a) of this Act in the first certificate; and

(c)the Board have formed the opinion that had they been aware of all the circumstances of the case at the time when the further contracting-out certificate was issued they would have been prevented by subsection (4) below from issuing it.

(3)Subsections (1) and (2) above apply whether or not the occupational pension scheme by reference to which the employment concerned was contracted-out employment by virtue of the first certificate is the same as the scheme by reference to which the employment—

(a)would be contracted-out employment if the further contracting-out certificate were issued; or

(b)is contracted-out employment by virtue of the further contracting-out certificate.

(4)In a case to which subsection (1) above applies, the Board shall not give effect to the election referred to in that subsection by issuing a further contracting-out certificate unless they consider that, in all the circumstances of the case, it would be reasonable to do so.

(5)In a case to which subsection (2) above applies, the Board may, before the expiry of the period of twelve months beginning with the date on which the further contracting-out certificate was issued, cancel the further contracting-out certificate.

(6)Where a contracting-out certificate is cancelled under subsection (5) above the provisions of this Act and of any regulations and orders made under it shall have effect as if the certificate had never been issued.

(7)This section does not apply in any case where the surrender or cancellation of the first certificate occurred before 22nd July 1981.

(8)Where the further contracting-out certificate referred to in paragraph (b) of subsection (2) above was issued before the commencement of this section, then—

(a)paragraph (c) of that subsection shall have effect as if this section had been in force at the time when the further contracting-out certificate was issued ; and

(b)subsection (5) above shall have effect as if the reference to the date of issue of that certificate were a reference to the commencement of this section.

(9)Regulations may make such supplemental provision in relation to cases falling within subsection (1) or (2) above as the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient.

(10)Without prejudice to subsection (9) above, regulations may make provision, in relation to any case in which the Board have cancelled a contracting-out certificate under subsection (5) above, preventing the recovery by the employer concerned (whether by deduction from emoluments or otherwise) of such arrears which he is required to pay to the Secretary of State in respect of an earner's liability under section 4(3) of the principal Act as may be prescribed.

(11)For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) above an employment (the ' second employment') in respect of which—

(a)an election of the kind referred to in subsection (1)(b) above has been made ; or

(b)a further contracting-out certificate of the kind referred to in subsection (2)(b) above has been issued;

and an employment (the ' first employment') which was specified by virtue of section 31(1)(a) of this Act in the first certificate shall be treated as one employment if, in the opinion of the Board.—

(i)they are substantially the same, however described; or

(ii)the first employment falls wholly or partly within the description of the second employment or the second employment falls wholly or partly within the description of the first employment.

(12)Regulations shall prescribe the cases in which employers are to be treated as connected for the purposes of this section.

(13)Where the Secretary of State proposes to make regulations under subsection (10) above, section 10(1) of the Social Security Act 1980 (duty of Secretary of State to refer proposed regulations to the Social Security Advisory Committee) shall apply in relation to those proposals..

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