HC Deb 16 February 1945 vol 408 c574

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Commander Prior

Would my right hon. and learned Friend mind explaining to the Committee Sub-section (2) of this Clause, with regard to compensation?

Mr. Willink

Sub-section (2) of this Clause, which is, of course, the Interpretation Clause, is one which throws light on, and defines what is meant by, the re-employment of any person with reduced emoluments. Its object is to define what is meant by reduction. It states that reduction is not to be taken as an actual arithmetical reduction, but is to be the amount by which the new emoluments are less than those which the officer would have received in respect of employment in his former office. It will be noted that the reference is to his former office. No question arises as to some other office to which he may have been entitled. What it refers to is the position of the officer on an incremental scale, and the reduction will be measured not in relation to what he was receiving in 1939, or when he went to the war, but to what he would have been receiving on that incremental scale at the material date.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Remaining Clauses ordered to stand part of the Bill.