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Orders of the Day — Reduction of Redundancy Rebates Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1977.

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Photo of Mr Harold Walker Mr Harold Walker , Doncaster 12:00 am, 7th February 1977

I apologise to the hon. Gentleman and to the House. I require notice of that question. No doubt my hon. Friend who will reply to the debate will try to obtain the information in the meantime.

Perhaps some indication of the relationship between the pattern of redundancy and redundancy payments in Northern Ireland and that in the United Kingdom as a whole can be obtained from the Explanatory and Financial Memorandum, which states that there will be a reduction in expenditure of £18 million for Great Britain and that the corresponding reduction in expenditure in 1977–78 in Northern Ireland will be £¼ million.

To conclude, the aim of the Bill is to help to achieve cuts in public expenditure to which this Government are committed. It forms part of a package deliberately constructed so as to spread the burden with the least possible damage. It in no way affects the rights of the redundant employee, nor is it in conflict with the purpose of the statutory redundancy scheme as a whole. I ask for the support of the House for this measure.