HC Deb 01 July 1957 vol 572 cc676-7
19. Mr. Elwyn Jones

asked the Paymaster-General how far, under the appropriate regulations, manual workers who have entered the gas industry since nationalisation, are eligible for any industry pension scheme.

Mr. Maudling

None of these manual workers is eligible. My noble Friend has, however, recently received proposals from the industry for a scheme which would include them.

Mr. Elwyn Jones

Could the right hon. Gentleman give an indication of the reactions of his noble Friend to the union's proposals? Could he say when some announcement is likely to be made?

Mr. Maudling

I do not think the hon. and learned Member would expect me to say any more than that my noble Friend is studying them with great care.