§ 27. Flying-Officer Bowden
asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will agree to absorb any staff of local authorities' public assistance departments that may be made redundant as a result of the passing of the proposed social insurance scheme.
28. Squadron-Leader Emrys Roberts
asked the Minister of National Insurance 1519 to what extent relieving officers will be affected by the proposed National Insurance Bill; and whether he will ensure that relieving officers who may be displaced or made redundant by its proposals will be employed by hisDepartment in the administration of national insurance.
§ The Minister of National Insurance (Mr. James Griffiths)
I cannot add to the reply given to the hon. Member for South Sal-ford (Mr. Hardy) by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, on 15th November, last.
§ Mr. Percy Morris
Can my right hon. Friend say whether the proposed National Insurance Bill will contain provisions for the compensation of any displaced staff? If not, why not?
§ Mr. Griffiths
I cannot anticipate the provisions of the Bill, but early this week I received a deputation from the trades unions representing the staffs affected by this particular question and I informed them that I would see them later on, when the import of our new scheme will be more clearly seen.
Squadron-Leader Roberts: Will the Minister inform the House that he will receive a deputation on behalf of the relieving officers?