HC Deb 15 November 1956 vol 560 cc1130-1
46. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister what conditions require to be satisfied before he will implement the Government's promise to increase the salaries of Members of Parliament.

The Prime Minister

I explained the Government's attitude on 12th July in the debate on Members' salaries. I regret that I have at present nothing to add.

Mr. Lewis

Is the Prime Minister aware that several Ministers have made promises for some years about this matter and that we are the only people in the country who have not had an increase. [Laughter.] It is nothing to laugh at. Many hon. Members on this side have no other sources of income and are finding it very difficult. It is all very well for Government supporters to laugh when they have other incomes. Ministers have promised on several occasions that something will be done. How long have Members of Parliament to wait? Can the Prime Minister give us some idea? Some of us are getting fed up with the position. [Interruption.]

The Prime Minister

Perhaps I might intervene for just a moment. I do understand that this is a very serious problem. I am very sorry that it is not possible today for me to say more than I have said.

Mr. Lewis

Surely the Prime Minister can say when. Cannot he give us any hope?

Hon. Members


Mr. Speaker

The Prime Minister cannot say more, apparently.