I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."
I will give a short explanation of what we mean by this new Clause. Section 70 something which, according to the Act of 1918, they were never supposed to pay on at all. This particular Amendment does create a difficulty, but cannot the right hon. Gentleman find some other form of words. I think it might be possible if the Scottish legal advisers were here.
Section 70 gives permissive powers to all corporations of cities. The point is that these Commissioners are only appointed in London and Liverpool. I cannot speak for London. It seems to have gone to bed, but although it is a quarter to four in the morning, Liverpool is awake. The Liverpool Corporation employés only ask to be placed on the same footing as the employés of great towns like Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. [An HON. MEMBER: "Justice all round!"] Precisely. It is not unreasonable that they should be so treated. These people say that they are suffering hardship and inconvenience which is not suffered by other ordinary citizens who are employés of the corporations in other great cities of the country.
I will give my hon. Friend the assurance that I shall look into any defects that there are in regard to this matter in the course of next year. I do not think that there is an immediate grievance that wants to be remedied, but I shall certainly look into the question and remedy any grievance that I find to exist.