HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 c603
46. Mr. Denville

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider introducing a scheme under which Members of Parliament only receive full pay if they attend regularly to Parliamentary business and are only absent for reasons of sickness, on Government business, or on service with the Fighting Forces?

The Prime Minister

The salaries of Members of Parliament are paid in pursuance of a Resolution of the House, and cannot be withheld by Executive decision. It is open to any Member who is unable, for any reason, to discharge his Parliamentary duties to refrain from drawing his salary. It is not considered necessary at present to ask the House to take any special action. Practically all the Members of this House are, unless they are engaged in other duties in relation to the prosecution of the war, carrying out their Parliamentary duties to the full.