Section 22: Restriction on power to transfer assets
114.This section places a limit on the assets that the Secretary of State may transfer out of the RMPP using the powers under section 21.
115.Subsection (1) requires that the ratio of assets to liabilities in the RMPP is no worse immediately after the transfer of assets under section 21 than it was immediately before the transfer.
116.Under subsection (3) the valuation of assets and liabilities are to be made by a person, and in a manner, determined by the Secretary of State.
117.Subsection (4) disapplies any provision in the RMPP which limits the calculation of the scheme’s liabilities by reference to the scheme assets. This has been included because pension scheme rules typically include provisions limiting the scheme’s liabilities by reference to the assets available in the event that the scheme is wound up.
118.Subsection (5) ensures that, where assets are moved from the RMPP to government in multiple transfers, the effective date of transfer is the same date. Any adjustments made to account for investment and market movement in the time since the initial transfer are to be disregarded when assessing the ratio of assets to liabilities in the RMPP under subsection (1).