HC Deb 07 February 1949 vol 461 c61

Amendment made: In page 8, line 20, leave out "local," and insert "supplying."—[Mr. Woodburn.]

The Lord Advocate

I beg to move, in page 9, line 12, at the end, to insert: (7) The provisions of Subsection (2) of Section nine of this Act (which subsection provides for the making of regulations with respect to the payment of compensation for loss of office or diminution of emoluments in the case of officers or servants employed for the purposes of special water supply districts) shall apply in relation to officers or servants of a joint water board or of a supplying authority who suffer loss of employment or diminution of emoluments by reasons of the provisions of Subsection (1) of Section ten of this Act or of Subsection (1) of Section eleven thereof as they apply in relation to the officers or servants mentioned in the said Subsection (2) with the substitution, however, for references to the council of the county within which the special district was situated of references to the joint water board or the supplying authority as the case may be by whom the officers or servants concerned were employed. The purpose of this Amendment is to provide that the Secretary of State may make regulations providing for compensation to be paid to employees of joint water boards or supplying authorities who lose their employment as a result of this Bill. In Clause 9 (2) provision is already made for the compensation of employees of special water districts who lose their employment as a result of the operations of this Bill. It has been pointed out that over and above those people for whom provision has already been made, there may be employees of joint water boards or supplying authorities who would be in a like position. There is no justification for discrimination between the two types of persons, and we have therefore put down this Amendment to include in the powers of the Secretary of State further powers to make regulations to include these employees in any compensation provisions.

Commander Galbraith

This is really remedying what was originally an omission; it is a correction. It was always intended that all these employees who were displaced should receive compensation. We are glad that this defect has been discovered and put right.

Amendment agreed to.