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Pensions Act 2008

Section 72: Procedure for rules

171.Section 72 sets out the procedure for publication and consultation on proposed scheme Rules.

172.A draft of the proposed Rules must be published by the person proposing to make them and comments invited. That person – which will be the Secretary of State or trustees – must then consider any comments received and publish a summary of the comments, together with a response. If the Rules are made, they must be published in a way designed to bring them to the attention of interested parties.

173.The trustees will have to consult the members’ and employers’ panels before making any Rules or giving their consent to changes to the Rules proposed by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will not be able to make any change to the Rules without the consent of the trustees.

174.Although the Rules will not be subject to a formal Parliamentary procedure, the effect of this section is that they must be open to debate by interested parties.

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