HC Deb 21 January 1970 vol 794 cc159-60W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the hardship caused to many magistrates by his policy of not paying allowances under the Justices of the Peace Act, he will now take steps to make these payments.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

Under the Justices of the Peace Act, 1949, all

Number of dwellings in programme Number of dwellings completed Number of dwellings under construction Number of dwellings under contract not yet started
Commission for the New Towns 2,000 749 235 193
Private enterprise on land made available by the Commission for the New Towns 1,000 425 202 (160)*
Crawley Urban District Council 1,600 599 266 34
4,600 1,773 703 387
* Dwellings still to be started on sites under development.

justices of the peace are entitled to claim travelling allowances, and subsistence allowances may be claimed by all except those who perform their duties within three miles of their usual place of residence. The Justices of the Peace Act 1968 makes provision for the removal of the three mile limit and for the payment of financial loss allowances to justices, but I regret that I cannot yet say when these provisions will be brought into force.