Clause 19 - Pension credit members

Part of Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:00 pm ar 27 Ionawr 2022.

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Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 12:00, 27 Ionawr 2022

Yes, I can provide the hon. Lady with that reassurance. There is obviously the question whether what we are putting in place for judges is replicable for other professions, and we are confident it is not. That is due to the unique career path of judges, many of whom leave lengthy careers in the private sector to enter public service at the culmination of their careers, and where there is an expectation that, after having served as a judge, there can be no return to private practice. That is precluded uniquely for judges. Once they have made their decision to go to the bench, they cannot then return to practice. That distinction accounts for their very particular career path and very particular constrained options, which means there is a strong case that judges are a unique group for these purposes and therefore there is not discrimination for other professions.