HC Deb 06 May 1953 vol 515 cc523-4
Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

I beg to move, in page 35, line 46, at the end to add: (2) If any person to whom subparagraph (1) of this paragraph applies left his employment by a justices' clerk in order to enter upon war service within the meaning of the Local Government Staffs (War Service) Act, 1939, or any service such as is mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (2) of section seven of this Act, the period of that service and, except in the case of such service as is mentioned in the said paragraph (a), any period immediately following the termination thereof during which that person, with the consent of the justices' clerk whose employment he left, continued in similar service shall be deemed for superannuation purposes to have been a period of service rendered to a local authority. The Third Schedule to the Bill deals with the question of superannuation of justices' clerks and their staff, and paragraph 11 of Part II of the Schedule gives the employee of the justice's clerk the right to reckon his service while he was such an employee if he later becomes a contributory employee of a local authority. The service, while reckonable, is, of course, non-contributory service.

In Committee the hon. Member for Brighouse and Spenborough (Mr. J. Edwards) raised the question of the reckoning of a broken period of service to a justice's clerk when that broken period of service was caused by war service. I told the hon. Member that the question was being considered, and that it was intended to amend the Bill in due course. A decision has now been reached in this connection, and it is incorporated in this Amendment. The Amendment entitles such employees as I have mentioned to reckon such service, whether in World War I or World War II, or otherwise in National Service.

Mr. John Edwards (Brighouse and Spenborough)

I desire to thank the hon. Gentleman for meeting the few points I put to him in Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported, with Amendments; as amended (in the Standing Committee and on recommittal), considered.