HC Deb 23 May 1939 vol 347 cc2086-7
73. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that, owing to a number of Scottish clerks to the registration of voters not being employed directly by the local authorities but by the assessors, they are disqualified from participation in the superannuation schemes of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1937; and whether, in order to do away with the hardship involved thereby, he will take steps to have such clerks included in the local government superannuation scheme?

The Lord Advocate

My right hon. Friend is aware of the position of the clerks in question. The Act of 1937 provides for the superannuation of employés of local authorities. Personal employés of officers of local authorities can, under the Act, be brought within the scope of a superannuation scheme only if they are transferred to the service of the local authority itself. My right hon. Friend cannot hold out any hope of a modification of this provision.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the difficulties with which these clerks are confronted, is there no way in which the Secretary of State could bring them within the Act, or arrange that they should automatically be transferred to the employment of the local authorities?