Local Authorities (Lawyers)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1950.

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Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire 12:00 am, 9th May 1950

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation for the purpose of preventing lawyers in receipt of compensation for loss of office from local authorities, acting against such local authorities in litigation.

Mr. McNeil:

No, Sir.

Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire

Is my right hon. Friend aware that recently we have had a case of an Ayrshire local authority paying compensation at the rate of £600 a year to an official who was in court against that local authority?

Mr. McNeil:

I see the point that my hon. Friend makes, but I think it would be unfair that, because a man is paid compensation for loss of office, he should be prohibited from following his normal employment elsewhere.