Written Answers. - Urban Authority Employees.

531.

asked the Minister for the Environment the number of servants employed by each urban authority in December 1980 and at the end of June 1981.

The recruitment, conditions of service and termination of the employment of employees in the servant category is entirely a matter for each employing local authority; information regarding the numbers employed by each urban authority at the end of June 1981 is not available in my Department. Annual returns of numbers employed as at 31 December each year are furnished by local authorities to my Department and the number of servants employed by each urban authority on 31 December 1980 is set out in the attached table. Returns in respect of 1981 are not yet available.

Urban Authority

Number of servants

County Borough Corporations

1980

Cork

1,082

Dublin

5,822

Limerick

536

Waterford

239

Borough Corporations

Clonmel

71

Drogheda

136

Dun Laoghaire

426

Galway

—*

Kilkenny

61

Sligo

63

Wexford

51

Urban District Councils

Arklow

31

Athlone

56

Athy

12

Ballina

25

Ballinasloe

21

Birr

—*

Bray

101

Buncrana

8

Bundoran

8

Carlow

64

Carrickmacross

8

Carrick-on-Suir

21

Cashel

8

Castlebar

33

Castleblaney

9

Cavan

17

Ceanannus Mór

9

Clonakilty

—*

Clones

8

Cobh

23

Dundalk

182

Dungarvan

22

Ennis

14

Enniscorthy

21

Fermoy

—*

Killarney

Kilrush

5

Kinsale

1

Letterkenny

5

Listowel

16

Longford

23

Macroom

6

Mallow

33

Midleton

13

Monaghan

27

Naas

34

Navan

26

Nenagh

18

New Ross

25

Skibbereen

—*

Templemore

4

Thurles

—*

Tipperary

18

Tralee

71

Trim

7

Tullamore

31

Westport

19

Wicklow

19

Youghal

23

*Returns not furnished.

532.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he is aware (i) that a considerable number of pensionable servants of county councils (a) have been laid off or (b) are on short-time in 1981 due to a redundancy situation; (ii) that lay-offs or short-time working seriously affects pensionable service in view of the service day rule under the Superannuation Act, 1956; and if he will notify local authorities that in the present circumstances the lost time could be regarded as paid leave (nominal) so that pensionable service may not be lost.

(i) Arising from recent inquiries made of county councils it is understood that (a) one local authority had laid off workers during 1981, and (b) that three other authorities had found it necessary to put workmen on short-time in order to contain expenditure within the limits of their incomes. In the case of one of these it has been found possible recently to re-employ the workers on a full-time basis; (ii) The local authority superannuation code is governed by legislation i.e. the Local Government (Superannuation) Act, 1956 and the reckonability of service days is a matter for each local authority in accordance with the provisions of that Act and of the Superannuation Revision Scheme, 1977. The non-reckonability of unpaid absences for superannuation purposes in local authorities is in line with the position in the public service generally and it would not be appropriate for me to seek to amend the existing provisions in this matter. One of the improved benefits granted under the revision scheme allows a pensionable servant to reckon all his service days (subject to maximum of 250 days in any year) whereas previously he could not reckon service days in any financial year in which he had less than 200 such days.