§ 52. Rear-Admiral SUETER
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that nearly 100 Members have asked that the House may be allowed to discuss and determine the question of whether or not, some addition should be made to the pensions of certain ranker officers in respect of their period of commissioned service, and in view of the fact that, when a proposal was made to set up a Committee to look into the claims of these men, it was agreed to on the distinct understanding that the House would have an opportunity of expressing its opinion, he will now say when the House will be given this opportunity?
§ Mr. CLYNES
I cannot accept the hon. and gallant Member's interpretation of the remarks made in the course of the Debate on this subject, and I regret that I can hold out no hope of facilities being given for a discussion of the Report.
§ Mr. LORIMER
Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that the Prime Minister has kept his election promises on this question?
§ Major HORE-BELISHA
What steps have the Government taken to find employment for ex-ranker officers?
§ Mr. BECKER
Will the ex-ranker officer now have to consider that his case is entirely closed, and that there is no hope of anything further being done for him?
§ Mr. CLYNES
That is the interpretation given by the Government to the conclusion stated in the Report.
§ Mr. J. HARRIS
Is it not a fact that during the speech of the Prime Minister he repeatedly stated that this House would have a chance of discussing this matter?