HC Deb 22 March 1929 vol 226 c2034

Lords Amendment: In page 133, line 16, at the end, insert: unless throughout the period of his service in that office he devoted the whole of his time to the duties of offices held by him under one or more local authorities.


I have to call the attention of the House to the fact that the question of Privilege is raised by this Amendment.


I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This is a further concession to the Poor Law officers, and I think that many Members of the House have had representations made to them by those who are covered by this Clause. The number of cases to which the Amendment will apply is limited. An extreme case is that of the man who, after full-time service in one nominal capacity for a number of years, finds that the work which he has been doing is split into two parts, and he is given two nominal appointments where only one formerly existed. That is one extreme case; hon. Members may know of others. The object of this Amendment is to meet fully the cases of such officers.


I am very glad that the Government have seen the desirability of meeting the Poor Law officers in this matter. Although the number of cases is very limited, the concession, so far as it goes, is of considerable value.

Question put, and agreed to.


Mr. Speaker will cause an entry to be made in the Journals of the House with regard to this Amendment.

Subsequent Lords Amendments, to page 140, line 28, agreed to.