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Probe into pension policy

The Treasury select committee intends to conduct a hearing into Government pension policy following the publication of the much anticipated Green Paper in the autumn.

Labour committee chairman John McFall said at the conference that it plans to look into the issue of pensions some time in the next Parliamentary session. Details about the remit of the inquiry will not be finalised until the all-party committee meets once Parliament reconvenes in mid-October but it is believed it will focus on the occupational side of pensions.

The work and pensions select committee, chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Archy Kirkwood, is looking at Government pension policy but it is primarily looking at the retail side following the publication of the Pickering Report in July.

The committee is not holding any oral sessions and the deadlines for written submissions has passed.

McFall says his committee is keen to ensure there is no overlap of the two inquiries and plans to wait and see what Kirkwood&#39s committee have to say before it begins its own.

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