HC Deb 03 August 1944 vol 402 cc1584-5
17. Mr. Loftus

asked the Minister of Health if he will consider suspending for the duration of the war under Defence Regulations paragraph 14 of the Eighth Schedule of the Local Government Act, 1933.

Mr. Willink

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to paragraph 14 of the Eighth Schedule to the Local Government Act, 1929. I am advised that legislation would be required to effect the object which he has in view, and I do not think that I should be justified in putting before Parliament a proposal for this purpose.

Mr. Loftus

Would not the suspension of this Regulation lead to the more efficient utilisation of the services of retired civil servants?

Mr. Willink

This matter refers not to civil servants but to local government servants. It has been discussed in this House in relation to civil servants. I do not think this inducement is necessary in time of war.