Press Notice 48, Session 2005-06

19 June 2006

PASC to question members of failed pension schemes and Lord Turner on Ombudsman’s report and the future of pension provision

Is the Government responsible when private sector pension schemes go wrong? In March this year the Ombudsman published a report “Trusting in the Pensions Promise” which found that Government information to members of company pension schemes was misleading, and that those whose schemes had wound up without sufficient assets to protect their members should have their benefits restored. The Government has rejected her findings.

On Thursday 22 June the Public Administration Select Committee will be taking evidence in public for its inquiries into Governing the Future and Ombudsman Issues: Pensions. The two sessions are complementary: the Committee will hear first from Lord Turner, Chairman of the Pensions Commission, and Christine Farnish, Chief Executive of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF). In this session the Committee will be able to question them about the difficulties of long term policy making in pensions reform and about the events described in the Ombudsman’s report “Trusting in the Pensions Promise”.

In the second part of the session, the Committee will hear about the impact that pension losses have had. It will examine Dr Ros Altmann, the advocate for the complainants in the Ombudsman’s case, and two members of such schemes  .. Mr Bob Duncan and Mr Andrew Parr

The evidence session will take place on Thursday 22 June in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London SW1.

10.00 am Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Christine Farnish


11.00 am Dr Ros Altmann, Mr Bob Duncan, Mr Andrew Parr

Full details of all the Committee’s inquiries can be found on the PASC website at


The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005.  Its terms of reference are to examine the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsmen, and to consider matters relating to the quality and standards of administration provided by Civil Service departments, and other matters relating to the Civil Service. The Membership of the Committee is as follows:  Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Grant Shapps (Con) (Welwyn Hatfield), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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