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Pensions (Increase) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971

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5Scope of Act, and general powers to extend and adapt increases.N.I.

(1)For purposes of this Act “official pension” means, subject to subsection (2), any of the pensions specified in Schedule 2; and in the case of a pension specified in Part II of the Schedule it shall be the duty of a pension authority to increase the pension in accordance with this Act.

(2)The Ministry may by regulations provide that this Act shall have effect in relation to any pensions not specified in Schedule 2 as if they were specified in such Part of that Schedule as may be directed by the regulations; and regulations under this subsection—

(a)may include such incidental, consequential and supplemental provisions as appear to the Ministry to be expedient; and

(b)may in particular make provision for securing that the cost of increasing any pension is borne by the appropriate authority.

(3)The Ministry, if satisfied in the case of any official pension that it is proper so to do, may by regulations direct (either generally or [F1 for any particular purpose)] that the provisions of this Act shall apply in relation to that pension subject to such modifications, adaptations and exceptions as may be specified in the regulations.

The power conferred by this subsection on the Ministry may be exercised also, with its consent, by any other department of the Government of Northern Ireland.

(4)Any regulations under this section may provide for increases to take effect from a date before the making of the regulations or the passing of this Act, but not before 1st September 1971.

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