HC Deb 23 May 1944 vol 400 cc569-70
45. Mr. Tinker

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider giving Parliamentary time to discuss the Motion standing on the Order Paper in the name of the hon. Member for Leigh and 40 other Members asking for pensions for parents who have lost sons or daughters in the war to be granted irrespective of their means.

[That this House would welcome the grant of Pensions for Parents who have had the misfortune to lose sons or daughters in this terrible war, in the form of a flat rate pension irrespective of their means.]

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

In view of the state of public Business I can hold out no hope of special time being found for the discussion of the Motion standing in the name of my hon. Friend.

Mr. Tinker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable public opinion behind this Motion, and that it would be well, when that is so, to allow it to be discussed on the Floor of the House?

Mr. Eden

What I said was that there was no special time available for that purpose, but I thought perhaps that some opportunity might be found in the course of normal Business for the matter to be raised.

Mr. Austin Hopkinson

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us the exact sum of money that would compensate parents for the loss of a child?