HC Deb 07 December 1950 vol 482 cc620-1
The Attorney-General

I beg to move, in page 3, line 35, at the end, to insert: Any period of whole-time service in the armed forces of the Crown under the National Service Acts, 1948 to 1950, shall be ignored for the purposes of this proviso. This is an Amendment which we introduce in order to make perfectly clear that service in the Armed Forces of the Crown should be ignored for the purposes of the proviso. That is the general practice, and it will apply here. The point was raised by the hon. and learned Member for Northants, South (Mr. Manningham-Buller) and I think we have fully met the point.

Mr. Manningham-Buller

I should just like to say "Thank you" to the right hon. and learned Gentleman, who has fully met the point raised from this side of the Committee. It would be quite wrong, as he now recognises, that the children's pension should be terminated by reason of interruption of full-time education by National Service. I do not know whether this will affect many cases, but it is obviously an improvement in the Bill.

The Attorney-General

It is one of the cases where we thought it right to draw an analogy with the Civil Service scheme.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 6, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.