HC Deb 19 February 1981 vol 999 c500
RIGHT OF CERTAIN PAST MEMBERS AND WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS OF SUCH MEMBERS TO PAYMENTS OUT OF HOUSE OF COMMONS MEMBERS' FUND
I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 1, line 7, after 'eligible', insert 'or treated as eligible'.
The First Deputy Chairman
With this amendment we may take Government amendment No. 2.
I thought that it was for the convenience of the Committee to refer to the purpose of the amendments in the course of my Second Reading speech. To summarise them, they enable the trustees to go below 10 years in exceptional cases if the Government Actuary advises that adequate scope exists in the fund so that borderline cases, to which the right hon. Member for Manchester, Openshaw (Mr. Morris) referred in his Second Reading speech, could have some measure of support where the trustees judge that appropriate.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendment made: No. 2, in page 2, line 25, at end insert
'(5A) The Government Actuary shall, if the trustees so request, make to them and to the Treasury a report estimating—
- (a) on such information as the trustees are able to supply; and
- (b) on such assumptions as to the amounts of the annual contributions under section 1 of the House of Commons Members' Fund Act 1957 as appear to the Government Actuary appropriate after consulting the Treasury,
- the number (if any) of past members or their widows or widowers to whom payments under this section could be made, in addition to payments to persons eligible to receive them, without affecting payments under section 1 of the House of Commons Members' Fund Act 1939; and if the trustees, in special circumstances, see fit to do so, they may, within the limit of the numbers so estimated, treat persons as eligible to receive such payments who would be so eligible but for the fact that the periods of service of the past member concerned amount to less than ten years.'.—[ Mr. Pym.]
Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Clauses 2 and 3 ordered to stand part of the Bill.