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Public Service Pensions Bill part one

Peers have taken part in committee stage debate of the Public Service Pensions Bill, on 9 January 2013.

The bill moves public sector pensions over to a career average scheme and increases the age at which members can draw their pensions.

On the first day of committee stage, Labour attempted to exclude the Defence Fire and Rescue Service from the provisions of the bill.

Opposition Treasury spokesman Lord Eatwell told peers firefighters and police officers who work for the Ministry of Defence should be treated "equally" with their mainstream colleagues.

He told peers: "We are not seeking to extend the exemptions provided under clause 9 but merely to rectify what appears to us to be an oversight and to ensure a consistency of treatment across the same profession."

Under the terms of the bill fire and rescue workers, members of a police force and members of the armed forces are exempt from a clause which states that the normal pension age of someone under the scheme will be the higher of the person's state pension age or 65.

Treasury Spokesman Lord Newby told peers he would give "extremely careful consideration" to the amendments proposed and promised to return at report stage with a more considered response.

The amendments were eventually withdrawn.

To view part two of the debate click here.

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