HC Deb 20 February 1945 vol 408 c621
45. Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Prime Minister if he will give time for the Motion relating to the Social Services standing on the Order Book in the name of the hon. Member for Dumbarton Burghs.

[That this House is dissatisfied with the complete failure of the Government to provide adequate maintenance for widows, old age pensioners, men of the fighting forces, the Merchant Navy and their dependants.]

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

In the present 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. Kirkwood

I should like to ask the Prime Minister what he means by the present situation? To what present situation is he referring? Does he mean the situation at home or the situation abroad?

The Prime Minister

Affairs abroad are rather smoother, but I believe that the Business of the House is still as congested as ever.

Mr. Gallacher

Would not the Prime Minister agree that a discussion of this kind would be very helpful to the Government in relation to affairs abroad?

The Prime Minister

In the great majority of instances, discussions in this House on almost every occasion, and on almost any subject, have a beneficial effect.