HC Deb 22 March 1956 vol 550 cc1537-8

(1) If a teacher to whom an annual allowance, additional allowance or short service gratuity has been granted, is employed in contributory service for any period after the commencement of this Act, but is not qualified by virtue of his service during that period for a subsequent annual allowance at a rate exceeding that of the annual allowance previously granted, or for any further sum by way of additional allowance or short service gratuity, he or his legal personal representatives shall be entitled on his ceasing to be so employed to be repaid a sum equal to the contributions paid by him in respect of that period.

(2) Any period in respect of which contributions have been repaid to a teacher under this section shall be excluded in reckoning his periods of contributory service unless the teacher is again employed in contributory service and, while so employed, repays a sum equal to the contributions so repaid to him.—[Mr. Vosper]

Brought up and read the First time.

Mr. Vosper

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

This Clause deals with the return of contributions. It is a fairly simple point. When a teacher is re-employed he has to be employed for twelve months before he can qualify for further allowances. During this period he pays contributions. Hitherto if he has not completed twelve months he has lost these contributions. This Clause provides that if he does not complete the twelve months he will be entitled to a refund of the contribution he has paid. It brings this category of teachers into line with the improvement made by granting a part year for other categories of teachers.

Subsection (2) provides for those teachers who do not complete their twelve months but later return for a second period of re-employment. If over the second periods they can count twelve months, the teacher is able to refund to my right hon. Friend the refund he has already received and thus qualify for the twelve months' period. This Clause will be welcomed on both sides of the Committee and by the teachers.

Question put and agreed to.

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