(Cavan-Monaghan): This section gives authority to the Minister for the Environment, with the consent of the Minister for the Public Service, to make superannuation schemes for employees of local authorities and certain other bodies specified in the section.
On the Second Stage of the Bill I criticised its retrospective nature and pointed out that the Bill seeks to validate schemes which as far as I know were drawn up years ago. Section (2) (a) provides that schemes which may be drawn up shall have retrospective effect. My understanding is that this Bill in effect has been in operation for years and that what we are being asked to do now is to validate pensions that have been in payment for quite a while, to validate and give legal effect to lump sums, gratuities in lieu of pensions that have been paid. Could the Minister say how many schemes this Bill will validate, if any, and how many such schemes we are dealing with, how long they have been in operation and if he will give particulars of them?