The coalition government will take a "long hard look" at auto-enrolment and the delivery of NEST before deciding on its future, Steve Webb says.
Speaking at a department for work and pensions briefing, the pensions minister said the Government had committed itself to auto-enrolment but the specifics of the last administration's roll-out plans would be reviewed.
"What we said in the coalition agreement is we are committed to the principle of automatically enrolling people. There are many millions of people who have company pension schemes but do not have any private savings and both parties supported the principle," he said.
"We put it in the deal that we will go ahead with automatic enrolment. What we have said is that we will review the specific way in which that is done."
Webb said the contract with established NEST Corporation - the trustee body tasked with NEST management and governance - and the £1bn administration contract would also come under scrutiny.
He said: "If auto enrolment through NEST, as previously envisaged, still looks like the best way we will go ahead with it. But we are going to take a long hard look at it over the summer."
EEF head of employment policy David Yeandle who attended the briefing commented: "It was encouraging to hear the strong support for auto-enrolment, a key element of the pensions reform programme.
"While it is understandable that new ministers will want to review the commercial contracts for implementing NEST, we hope that a decision will be reached quickly so that the opportunity for as many people as possible to save for their retirement is not delayed."
Secretary of state Iain Duncan Smith also set out the Government's pension and benefits plans.
He said phasing out the default retirement age ran alongside principles of fairness, responsibility and social justice.
"The idea of someone being fired just because they turn 60 or 65 is nonsense. People who are good at their job and want to work for longer should be able to do so. In my view, that is only fair."
Duncan Smith added society had to face up to the issues surrounding an ageing population and raising the state retirement age, abolishing compulsory annuitisation and other reforms would work for the country.
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