HC Deb 10 November 1954 vol 532 cc1180-1
23. Mr. G. Williams

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will consider introducing legislation to allow chairmen of urban district councils who are employed by the British Transport Commission the same facilities that are granted to lord mayors and mayors in order that they may carry out their civic duties without loss of income.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

No, Sir. I do not think this an appropriate subject for legislation.

Mr. Williams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Chairman of the Tonbridge Urban District Council is an engine driver and has important duties towards 20,000 citizens and other functions to perform, including entertaining Royalty from time to time? Is he aware that to fulfil these engagements the chairman has to be out of pocket, otherwise he must refuse to perform these duties? Is it right that Tonbridge should be unfairly treated because it has no mayor?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have some sympathy with my hon. Friend's point of view, but it seems to me that it is essentially a matter for the Commission as employers to settle in discussions with their employees.