New Clause. — (Provisions as to superannuation, etc., of existing officers.)

Postponed Clauses. – in the House of Commons on 29th October 1920.

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Notwithstanding anything in this Act contained, the provisions of Section 8 of The Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1919, relating to the protection of existing officers of local authorities, shall continue to have effect, provided that the Civil Service Committee shall be substituted for the Local Government Board in the said Section, and in the event of any officer of the local authority who holds office on the passing of this Act being required to retire from his office for any cause other than misconduct, he shall be entitled to receive a superannuation allowance for a full maximum period of service, such allowance to be determined by the Civil Service Committee.—[Mr. Moles.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Photo of Mr Thomas Moles Mr Thomas Moles , Belfast Ormeau

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

I desire to call attention to the fact that this is one of the very few Amendments on the Paper on which representatives of Southern and Northern Ireland are agreed, and I hope the right hon. Gentleman will regard that as a sufficiently good reason why the Government ought to concur. The object of the Clause, I think, is so obvious on the face of it that I need not labour it, and I formally beg to move.

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

The Government is willing to accept this Clause with one addition. I move to insert the following words at the end—

Photo of Sir Edwin Cornwall Sir Edwin Cornwall , Bethnal Green North East

We must get the Second Heading of the Clause first. The right hon. Gentleman may explain his Amendment, but he cannot move it.

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

There are two Clauses dealing with the same subject. It is the second of these Clauses which we think is the more proper of the two.

Photo of Sir Edwin Cornwall Sir Edwin Cornwall , Bethnal Green North East

I take it the right hon. Gentleman is agreeing that the Clause should be read a Second time.

Photo of Sir Edwin Cornwall Sir Edwin Cornwall , Bethnal Green North East

The hon. Member (Mr. Moles) moved a new Clause. I take it that the Government is not objecting.

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

Yes, we object to it. We wish to have the Clause in the form in which it is introduced later on by the hon. Member (Mr. Reid).

Question, "That the Clause be read a Second time," put, and negatived.