On the First Schedule, there is just one point that I would like to hear the Minister explain. It is in relation to the amendment of No. 39 of the 1926 Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act. The amendment takes out certain words from a section and what is left, on my reading of it, does not then make any sense at all. The extent of the repeal is to remove the words:
"and every person so appointed shall hold office until a person is appointed to such office under the provisions (other than this sub-section) of this Act"—in Section 5.
When those words are deleted, subsection (2) of Section 5 then reads:—
"Whenever an office to which this Act applies becomes vacant or (in the case of a new office) is created the local authority, if satisfied that the circumstances of the case so require, may with the consent of the Minister appoint and without requesting or obtaining a recommendation from the commissioners under the subsequent provisions of this Act any person to fill such office temporarily, or the expiration of six months from such office becoming vacant whichever first occurs."
That is what is left.