§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, seeing that the Superannuation Acts Amendment Bill was only introduced on the 4th of August, and that it dealt with a very important subject, the Government would withdraw it this Session and re-introduce it early next year?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) () Strand, Westminster
I regret that it is not in my power to respond to the appeal of the hon. Member. The Bill is necessary in order to validate certain arrangements which have been made, and will be made from time to time, by the Treasury in the interests of the Civil servants themselves, and which have been called in question by the Public Accounts Committee. The Bill has, according to the hon. Gentleman's own statement, been before the House five weeks, and has been brought to the notice of almost everyone chiefly concerned, and the Government feel it necessary to press it on the consideration of the House and pass it into law, if we can, in the course of the present Session.