HC Deb 03 June 1954 vol 528 c108W
70. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health the terms of employment of registration officers of births, deaths and marriages; what joint negotiating machinery exists for dealing with their salaries and conditions of service; and what steps are being taken to establish collective agreements with this section of the community.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 31st May.

76. Mr. Turner-Samuels

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that registration officers of births, deaths and marriages, are held to be neither servants of the local authorities in whose area they are engaged, nor of the Crown, he will introduce legislation, or take other appropriate steps, to make them servants of the local authority or the Crown, and so enable them to have joint negotiating machinery and to come within the Industrial Disputes Order, 1951, from both of which they are at present debarred.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

As my right hon. Friend has already stated, he is prepared to meet a deputation from the National Association of Registration Officers to discuss their difficulties. My right hon. Friend will then consider what course may be most appropriate.