HC Deb 20 February 1912 vol 34 cc582-3W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that His Majesty's Treasury, in determining appeals made under Section 120 of the Local Government Act, 1888, in respect of compensation for loss of office by local government officers, no longer allow any addition to the actual number of years served; whether, in coming to this decision, the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown was taken on the point; and, if not, whether such opinion will be taken, having regard to the proviso contained in Section 6 (2) of the Superannuation Act, 1909; and, if the Law Officers support the interpretation placed by the Treasury on the provisions of the said Act, he will make provision in one of the Treasury Bills to restore the former Treasury practice, in view of the injustice and hardship now inflicted upon local government officers in depriving them of the added years upon abolition of office under any Act incorporating Section 120 of the Local Government Act, 1888?


Under Section 120 (1) of the Local Government Act, 1888, the compensation awarded by the Treasury must not exceed what would be paid to a Civil servant in similar circumstances. It is not now the practice of the Treasury to grant any addition of years in the calculation of compensation allowances under Section 7 of the Superannuation Act, 1859, and I regret that it is not possible to follow a different course in the case of local government officers. The question is not affected by the provisions of the Superannuation Act, 1909, except as regards officers appointed after the passing of that Act. I see no necessity to consult the Law Officers on the subject.