HC Deb 16 February 1948 vol 447 c825
46. Mr. Hugh Fraser

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Government's recent appeals to both sides of industry to forgo their claims to higher salaries, wages and profits, and as a lead and example, he will propose to the Members of this House a general or proportionate reduction of their salaries or emoluments.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. It is no part of the policy laid down in the White Paper to reduce wages or salaries.

Mr. Fraser

Surely the Prime Minister Is aware that it is asking for something like a miracle to happen on both sides of industry to expect prices to come down? Surely in that case something in the nature of an act of faith is necessary from this House to encourage the country? If prices do come down, then no one will be any the worse off.

Mr. Stanley Prescott

Is it not a fact that there is no obligation on any hon. Member to draw his full remuneration, unless he so desires?