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Clause 15—(Application And Adaptation Of Enactments)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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9.45 p.m.

I beg to move, in page 11, line 40, leave out "the preparation and publication of."

These words are unnecessary and might lead to considerable confusion if they were retained.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill."

I hope the Home Secretary will forgive me for raising at this late hour a question which is of considerable importance to local government officers. In the Representation of the People Act of 1945, to which reference is made in this Clause, there is provision under Section 34 for compensation to local government officers in the event of loss of superannuation rights. I ask the Home Secretary, is there similar provision in this Clause and, if not, will he look at that matter between now and the Report Stage. I am sure he would desire that that should be construed as part of this Bill also.

I regret that on a point of such detail as that, I cannot give an answer without notice, but I will look into the point between now and the Report Stage and see if it is necessary to take any action.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 16 ordered to stand part of the Bill.