HC Deb 24 March 1960 vol 620 cc667-8
40. Mr. Cronin

asked the Prime Minister if he will make arrangements for Members of Parliament, who use their own vehicles for purposes for which they are at present entitled to use travel vouchers, to be reimbursed the cost incurred to an extent not exceeding the public transport bulk travel cost.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

This proposal is now being considered.

Mr. Cronin

In view of the obvious equity and common-sense nature of this proposal and the fact that Government Departments have been operating car allowance schemes for a long time, can we take it that these deliberations will not be prolonged? Will the Prime Minister tell us when we shall have a definite decision?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, I am afraid I could not give an undertaking as to a definite date. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we are considering this in the hope of finding a workable scheme.

Mr. Gaitskell

In view of the fact that this is a very reasonable and logical proposal, and one that does not involve an increase in public expenditure, will the Prime Minister consider it urgently and favourably?

The Prime Minister

I will do my best.