The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority pension schemes are established under section 7 (2) b of the First Schedule to the Atomic Energy Authority Act 1954 as amended. The original schemes were the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Principal Non-Industrial Superannuation Scheme, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Industrial Superannuation Scheme and the Protected Persons Superannuation Scheme.
The Combined Pension Scheme of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority was formed on 1 July 1997 by merging the Principal Non-Industrial Superannuation Scheme (PNISS) and the Industrial Superannuation Scheme (ISS) for members employed by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority , British Nuclear Fuels plc and some employees of the Health Protection Agency, who were formerly employed by the National Radiological Protection Board. With effect from 1 April 2005 membership of the scheme extended to employees of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.
For historical reasons the Principal Non-Industrial Superannuation Scheme still has members of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils and the Ministry of Defence.
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