HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 c605
58. Mr. Davidson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to equalise the financial burden of the war, His Majesty's Government intend to introduce legislation for the purpose of modifying civil, judicial and hereditary pensions in accordance with the national need?

Captain Crookshank

Such pensions have been granted pursuant to Acts of Parliament, and my right hon. Friend does not propose to introduce legislation such as is suggested.

Mr. Davidson

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that many conditions of the workers also were introduced as a result of Acts of Parliament, and that they have been modified to meet the national need; and will he not therefore reconsider the question of at least modifying yearly pensions of £3,000 to £5,000 for the duration of the war?