replacement for Andrew Smith, who has resigned as pensions
minister today, could sideline the Pensions Bill to make time for a vote on a
fox-hunting bill in Parliament, according to The Times.
newspaper reported unionists,
politicians and pensions experts have ‘reacted furiously’ to the reports, which
could put the breaks on the £400m Pension Protection Fund (PPF) contained in
the Pensions Bill.
Oakshott of Seagrove
Liberal Democrat pensions
spokesman, said: “What a cock-eyed sense of priorities the Government must have
to think that banning hunting is more important than sorting out the pensions
PPF is due to be launched in April 2005.