HC Deb 22 February 1945 vol 408 cc956-7
49. Sir Adam Maitland

asked the Prime Minister if he will give time for a discussion of the Motion on the Order Paper standing in the names of the hon. Member for Faversham and 156 other hon. Members.

[That this House urges a reconsideration of the decision to abolish approved societies and is of opinion that their retention would assist the development and efficiency of the proposed scheme of social insurance, the existing system whereby benefits are paid in the homes of the people being appreciated.]

Mr. Eden

I have been asked to reply. No, Sir. An opportunity for the discussion of this subject was- afforded and taken in the Debate on the White Paper on Social Insurance. The Government must now frame its legislative proposals.

Sir A. Maitland

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he is aware that there was very little time devoted to this particular aspect of the matter on that occasion, and is it not important, as it concerns the administration of this new scheme of national insurance? Will he have regard to the fact that 157 hon. Members have supported the Motion, and are desirous that there should be a full Debate?

Mr. Eden

I have noted the number of names. There was, of course, a two-day Debate on this general subject, though not on this particular aspect. What my hon. Friend is really asking for is a further Debate on the White Paper before the Government's legislative proposals come in. I think that would be wrong. I think we should frame those proposals and then the House will have ample opportunity for discussion.