HC Deb 05 April 1944 vol 398 cc2001-2
46. Major Lyons

asked the Prime Minister if he can now make any further statement on the question of increase of pay and allowances for the lower ranks of the Services.

Mr. Attlee

Informal discussions on this subject were concluded last week. The Government will announce their decision shortly.

Major Lyons

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great tide of public anger at the smallness of the Service pay and allowances? Will he take steps to bring the matter to an early decision, and give some satisfaction about this long delayed question?

Mr. Granville

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, when the Government make their report on this question, the House of Commons will be given an opportunity to debate the matter?

Mr. Shinwell

Is it the intention of the Government to make a statement on this matter before the Budget?

Mr. Attlee

I cannot say within a day or so; I can only say that it will be as soon as possible.