§ MR. LIONEL HOLLAND (Tower Hamlets, Bow and Bromley)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether it was intended to exclude the Commission on Old-Age Pensions by the terms of reference to it from considering any scheme for pensions which are not directly contributed to by the people who are to enjoy them; and, whether he will consider the desirability of so enlarging the terms of reference as to empower the Commissioners, if they so desire, to take into consideration the proposals of Mr. Charles Booth and other schemes which demand only indirect contribution on the part of the pensioners?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
It appears to us that the reference to the Commission is already wide enough to include the whole scope of the Inquiry which ought to be made. If, however, the Commissioners appeal to us and say that they are restricted by the reference, the question of reconsidering the reference will be carefully dealt with.