HC Deb 27 July 1944 vol 402 cc972-3

Lords Amendment: In page 66, line 23, leave out from "the," to "suffers," in line 26, and insert: extinguishment or transfer by this Act of any functions exercisable by the council of any county district, or the transfer by this Act of any officers employed by any such council, any person who, immediately before the date of the commencement of Part II of this Act, was an officer employed by that council or by the council of the county in which the county district is situated.

Mr. Ede

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

When the Bill was previously before us, my hon. Friend the Member for the Park Division of Sheffield (Mr. Burden) brought before the Committee the case of an officer of a county council who might be damaged by the passing of this Bill, through people being brought in by the Part III authorities, who might take his job. A series of Amendments to the Clause that we are now considering, to which we ask the House to agree, provides that if a person is so damaged he shall be entitled to the usual compensation. I think that that meets the points that were raised by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Hutchinson

I desire to acknowledge the action taken by my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, and to say that the Amendments with which we are asked to agree meet the case which my hon. Friend and I raised on the Committee stage of the Bill.

Mr. McEntee

Does the Amendment include not only those who are generally called officials of the county council, but those who are employed in lower capacities, such as schoolkeepers?

Mr. Ede

Yes, it includes every officer and servant of the authority.

Question put, and agreed to. [Special Entry.]

Subsequent Lords Amendments to page 67, line 38, agreed to.