HC Deb 08 March 1960 vol 619 c227
25. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what reply he has made to the proposals for a pension scheme, submitted to him by the Sheriff-Substitutes Association in April, 1959.

Mr. N. Macpherson

Consideration of the proposals is not yet completed.

Mr. Willis

Does not the hon. Gentleman think that this is a very long time to be considering the proposals? Does not he think it is about time that the Scottish sheriff-substitutes were put in a similar position with regard to a pensions scheme as their counterparts in England? Why should we lag behind England like this?

Mr. Macpherson

These proposals cover all aspects of the superannuation arrangements both for the whole-time sheriffs and for the salaried sheriff-substitutes. As the hon. Gentleman knows, they could not be implemented without legislation. I assure him that there will be no undue delay.

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