HC Deb 06 October 1942 vol 383 c1070
46. Mrs. Tate

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give time for the consideration of the Motion relating to Equal Compensation for Men and Women, standing in the name of the hon. Member for Frome and 135 other Members?

Sir S. Cripps

The Deputy Prime Minister and the Lord President recently received deputations on this subject. The representations which were then made are being examined. In these circumstances I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by discussion at this moment.

Mrs. Tate

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman tell me when a conclusion is likely to be reached in this matter in view of the growing indignation in the country on the subject?

Sir S. Cripps

It is a complicated matter and it may take a little time for the discussion to be concluded.

Commander Sir Archibald Southby

Will my right hon. and learned Friend bear in mind that in the event of the Government deciding to pay equal compensation it ought to be made retrospective?

Sir S. Cripps

I am sure that all points will be borne in mind.

Mr. Stephen

While it may be a complicated matter, is it not obviously just?

Miss Ward

If a decision is not taken by the time the Address is discussed, may this subject also have a day for discussion in view of the large number of Members supporting the Motion?

Mr. De la Bère

If the Government have to do it why do they not do it now?