HC Deb 28 October 1949 vol 468 c1702

A member of the Council, the Assistant Nurses Committee, the Mental Nurses Committee, a standing nurse-training committee or a sub-committee of a standing nurse-training committee shall not, by reason of his membership, be rendered incapable of being elected, or of sitting and voting, as a member of the House of Commons.—[Mr. Blenkinsop.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. Blenkinsop

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

The object of the Clause is to make it clear that membership of the Council will not involve parliamentary disqualification. The position has not arisen up to now, I am glad to say, because the General Nursing Council have only had power to defray certain limited expenses. Now they are being given rather wider power to reimburse for loss of income from employment. That is regarded as possibly endangering the position with reference to parliamentary disqualification.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.