HC Deb 29 November 1955 vol 546 cc2119-20
48. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Prime Minister what answer he has sent to the letter from Alderman G. O. Williams who wrote as chairman on behalf of the British Railways Superannuitants Association about superannuitants' pensions.

The Prime Minister

I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the reply which has been sent to Alderman Williams' letter of 12th November.

Dame Irene Ward

Whilst thanking my right hon. Friend for answering that Question himself and not transferring it to some other Minister—[Laughter.] well, it was a very nice thing to do—may I ask him, in the interests of ex-employees of the nationalised industries, whether he will join with the Chancellor of the Exchequer in consulting the Ministers responsible for those industries in order that we may try to get something for these ex-public servants which will result in an amelioration of their conditions caused by the various difficulties of present-day living?

The Prime Minister

As a result of this Question, I have looked into the matter and, as I think the supplementary question shows, it is rather a complicated one. However, I am sending the hon. Lady a copy of the answer I have sent.

Mr. J. Harrison

Will the Prime Minister consider publishing in the OFFICIAL REPORT the gist of his letter regarding this matter, because there are many other hon. Members interested in it?

The Prime Minister

Yes, I will certainly consider that.