HC Deb 30 June 1955 vol 543 c480
14. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to ensure that there is opportunity for suitable financial provision for old age, he will consider the establishment of a national contributory superannuation scheme, on a voluntary basis, and the removal of any obstacles inherent in the operations of the Board of Inland Revenue to assist in the establishment of genuine employee share-holding schemes.

Mr. H. Brooke

There is already in existence a wide range of facilities for people desiring to make provision for their old age, and I doubt the need to supplement them in the way suggested.

In answer to the second part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to my supplementary answer to the hon. Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Wade) on 23rd June.

Dame Irene Ward

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind—if he does not even like the suggestion put forward—that many of us are expecting a comprehensive scheme from the Government to deal with provisions for old age, a debate on the Phillips Report, and some action to be taken to implement the pledge in the party manifesto about the fixed income groups? When can we expect a statement of policy? That is all I want.

Mr. Brooke

The Government will give careful attention to any concrete proposal which the hon. Lady makes, but is not for me to arrange the business of the House.

Mr. Lewis

Would the right hon. Gentleman consider favourably recommending or suggesting to the Prime Minister that the hon. Lady should be put on the Front Bench? She would certainly liven it up somewhat.