HC Deb 12 June 1956 vol 554 cc232-3
36. Mr. Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is now in a position to give details of the manner in which the Government intend to save £100 million in the current financial year.

Mr. H. Macmillan

No, Sir; but I hope to make a statement shortly.

Mr. Lewis

When he makes that statement will the right hon. Gentleman see to it that there is no cut in the National Health Service, such as is being rumoured or suggested, particularly in view of the fact that we have had an independent Report which stated that the Health Service should not be cut but that there should be some extension of financial support to it? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the depreciation in the value of the £ is affecting the Health Service just as it is affecting everyone? In view of that fact, should there not be increased financial support for the Health Service?

Mr. Macmillan

Of course I shall take carefully into account all that the hon. Gentleman has said.