HC Deb 18 November 1970 vol 806 c1385

In Schedule 6 of the Administration of Justice Act 1970 the following shall be added at the end of the Schedule:— 'The Family Incomes Supplements Act 1970'.—[Mr. Meacher.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. Meacher

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

The effect of the Clause is that by virtue of Section 26 of the Administration of Justice Act, 1970, any benefits payable under the Bill would not be counted as earnings of a debtor to form the basis for a calculation of the sum to be deducted by his employer in respect of an attachment of earnings order for the purposes of a judgment debt or maintenance order. In this respect the Bill would be on a par with various other social service and National Insurance benefits, such as the National Insurance Act, 1965, the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries Act), 1965, the Family Allowances Act, 1965, the Ministry of Social Security Act, 1966, and the Industrial Injuries and Diseases (Old Cases) Act, 1967. Adding the Bill to the list would be a logical addition, and I trust that the Government will agree to the Clause.

Mr. Dean

The eagle eye of the hon. Member has been used to good effect and I recommend the Committee to accept the new Clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time and added to the Bill.

Bill reported, with Amendments; as amended, to be considered Tomorow, and to be printed. [Bill 35.]