Superannuation Act 1972

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1972 c. 11


Superannuation Act 1972

1972 CHAPTER 11

An Act to amend the law relating to pensions and other similar benefits payable to or in respect of persons in certain employment; to provide for distribution without proof of title of certain sums due to or in respect of certain deceased persons; to abolish the Civil Service Committee for Northern Ireland; to repeal section 6 of the Appropriation Act 1957; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

[1st March 1972]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Persons employed in the civil service, etc.

Persons employed in the civil service, etc.

S-1 Superannuation schemes as respects civil servants, etc.

1 Superannuation schemes as respects civil servants, etc.

(1) The Minister for the Civil Service (in this Act referred to as ‘the Minister’)—

(a ) may make, maintain, and administer schemes (whether contributory or not) whereby provision is made with respect to the pensions, allowances or gratuities which, subject to the fulfilment of such requirements and conditions as may be prescribed by the scheme, are to be paid, or may be paid, by the Minister to or in respect of such of the persons to whom this section applies as he may determine;

(b ) may, in relation to such persons as any such scheme may provide, pay or receive transfer values;

(c ) may make, in such circumstances as any such scheme may provide, payments by way of a return of contributions, with or without interest; and

(d ) may make such payments as he thinks fit towards the provision, otherwise than by virtue of such a scheme, of superannuation benefits for or in respect of such of the persons to whom this section applies as he may determine.

(2) The Minister may, to such extent and subject to such conditions as he thinks fit, delegate to any other Minister or officer of the Crown any functions exercisable by him by virtue of this section or any scheme made thereunder.

(3) Before making any scheme under this section the Minister, or, if the Minister so directs in relation to a particular scheme, another Minister of the Crown specified in the direction, shall consult with persons appearing to the Minister or that other Minister, as the case may be, to represent persons likely to be affected by the proposed scheme or with the last-mentioned persons.

(4) This section applies to persons serving—

(a ) in employment in the civil service of the State; or

(b ) in employment of any of the kinds listed in Schedule 1 to this Act; or

(c ) in an office so listed.

(5) Subject to subsection (6) below, the Minister may by order—

(a ) add any employment to those listed in the said Schedule 1, being employment by a body or in an institution specified in the order,

(b ) add any office so specified to the offices so listed, or

(c ) remove any employment or office from the employments or offices so listed.

(6) No employment or office shall be added to those listed in the said Schedule 1 unless the remuneration of persons serving in that employment or office is paid out of moneys provided by Parliament or the Consolidated Fund.

(7) Notwithstanding subsection (6) above, the Minister may by order provide that this section shall apply to persons serving in employment which is remunerated out of a fund specified in the order, being a fund established by or under an Act of Parliament.

(8) An order under subsection (5) or (7) above—

(a ) may be made so as to have effect as from a date before the making of the order;

(b ) may include transitional and other supplemental provisions;

(c ) may vary or revoke a previous order made under that subsection; and

(d ) shall be made by statutory instrument, which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

S-2 Further provisions relating to schemes under s. 1.

2 Further provisions relating to schemes under s. 1.

(1) A scheme under section 1 of this Act which makes provision with respect to the pensions, allowances or gratuities which are to be, or may be, paid to or in respect of a person to...

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