HC Deb 20 December 1938 vol 342 cc2666-7
45. Mr. Stephen

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give facilities for the passage into law of the Pensions Acts (Amendment) Bill?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

I am afraid that I cannot give special facilities for the discussion of this Bill.

Mr. Stephen

Is the Prime Minister aware that the overwhelming majority of the people are in favour of the increases in pensions contemplated in this Bill, and does he realise that the Government are flouting the principles of democracy in refusing to accede to this request?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, I do not.

Mr. Davidson

Will the Prime Minister keep in mind that many of these are people who in the near future will be asked to take part in national service?

Mr. Mander

Could not the time now available by the abandonment, under duress, of the Milk Bill be used for the purpose of discussing this Measure?

The Prime Minister

It is not a question of how to fill up time.

Mr. H. G. Williams

May I ask whether those who support this Bill have suggested what particular method could be used for finding the money?

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