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Bill 30 Consideration

Volume 218: debated on Thursday 30 April 1874

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Bill, as amended, considered.

LORD GEORGE HAMILTON moved the addition of the following new clause (Saving of subscribers' claims):—

"Provided, That nothing in this Act contained shall prejudice any claim which may be made by any subscriber to the said Civil Service Annuity Funds, or by the representatives of any such subscriber, upon the funds so transferred; and in case any question shall arise between any such subscriber or the representatives of any deceased subscriber on the one hand, and the Secretary of State for India in Council on the other, as to any liability or alleged liability of the said funds, such question shall be determined by the Court of Appeal appointed by the Judicature Act, 1873, in such manner as may be provided by any general orders, or as the said Court may, on special application, think fit to prescribe."

New Clause ( Lord George Hamilton) brought up, and read the first time.

advocated the claims of the subscribers to the Indian Annuity Fund, and wished that the present Government had taken a more liberal view of their right to a just consideration. He hoped the House would reject the clause proposed by the noble Lord, and adopt that which he (Mr. Beckett-Denison) intended to move.

said, he hoped the House would adopt the clause moved by the Government, and reject that of the hon. Member. The parties whose claim the hon. Member advocated had no claims whatever, and such was the opinion of Lord Romilly, Lord Cairns, the late Lord Colonsay, and other noble Lords.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause be now read a second time."

Question put.

The House divided:—Ayes 121; Noes 39: Majority 82.

said, after the result of the division he would not move his clause; but he would move to add to the end of the Bill the words "anything in the Statute of Limitations to the contrary notwithstanding."

Motion agreed to.

Clause, as amended, added.

Bill to be read the third time Tomorrow.