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PART 4GENERAL

Review of operation of Act

18.—(1) The Department must, before the end of 2014, prepare a report on the operation of the provisions of this Act.

(2) The Department may prepare subsequent reports on the operation of the provisions of this Act.

(3) The Department must lay a copy of any report prepared under this section before the Assembly.

Consequential etc. provision, repeals and revocations

19.—(1) The Department may by order make—

(a)such supplementary, incidental or consequential provision, or

(b)such transitory, transitional or saving provision,

as it considers appropriate for the general purposes, or any particular purposes, of this Act, or in consequence of, or for giving full effect to, any provision made by this Act.

(2) Schedule 6 contains repeals and revocations.

(3) The following repeals have effect on the date on which this section comes into operation—

(a)the repeals in Part 2 of Schedule 6 of the provisions of the Pensions Order other than paragraphs 15 and 17 of Schedule 2 to that Order;

(b)the repeal in Part 2 of Schedule 6 of paragraph 90 of Schedule 24 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33);

(c)the repeals in Parts 3 and 4 of Schedule 6.

(4) The following repeals and revocations have effect on 6th April 2010—

(a)the repeals and revocations in Part 1 of Schedule 6;

(b)the repeals in Part 2 of that Schedule other than those falling within subsection (3).

(5) The repeals and revocations in Part 6 of that Schedule have effect on the abolition date (within the meaning of section 13).

(6) The other repeals contained in that Schedule have effect on the date on which they come into operation by virtue of an order made under section 21.

(7) An order made under subsection (1) is subject to negative resolution.

(8) In Article 17 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 11) (social security: amendments following certain orders), at the end of paragraph (2) add “the Pensions Act 2007”.

Interpretation

20.—(1) In this Act—

“the Administration Act” means the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8);

“the Contributions and Benefits Act” means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 7);

“the Department” means the Department for Social Development;

“the Pension Schemes Act” means the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (c. 49);

“the Pensions Order” means the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 22);

“statutory provision” has the meaning given in section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33);

“tax year” has the same meaning as in Parts 1 to 6 of the Contributions and Benefits Act (see section 121(1) of that Act).

(2) In the application, for the purposes of this Act, of section 39(2) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (time beginning on a particular day), omit the word “not”.

Commencement

21.—(1) The following provisions of this Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Department may by order appoint—

(a)section 12;

(b)section 13(1), Part 2 of Schedule 4 and Part 7 of Schedule 6;

(c)section 15, Schedule 5 and Part 8 of Schedule 6;

(d)Part 5 of Schedule 6.

(2) An order under subsection (1) may make such provision as the Department considers necessary or expedient for transitory, transitional or saving purposes in connection with the coming into operation of any provision falling within subsection (1).

Short title

22.  This Act may be cited as the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.