20. Miss Ward
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the improved financial position of the country as regards balance of payments and productivity, he will now implement his pledge on equal pay without delay.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
As I told the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Lewis) on 17th November, I have nothing to add to previous replies on this subject.
But having regard to the literature recently issued by the Conservative Party, will my right hon. Friend take steps to implement the pledge in the next Budget? In anticipation of his answer to that question, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he is not establishing a close season rather early in the Parliamentary Session?
§ Mr. Butler
The hon. Member might ask whether it was not dishonest for the late Government not to have done something.
§ Sir H. Williams
Will my right hon. Friend not consider whether he might not resolve this problem by making the starting age for old age pensions the same for women as for men? It would save my right hon. Friend many millions a year.