§ 37. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will give the reasons why he will not move for the granting to Members of Parliament of an allowance of 61s. 6d. for each night they have to stay in London on a similar basis to that now applied to the junior ranks of the Civil Service.
§ Mr. Lewis
I thank the Lord President for that most unsatisfactory reply. Why is it that, apart from Members of Parliament, everyone—from the ordinary manual worker to the highest paid civil servant receives, either by trade union agreement or by negotiation, an allowance when he has to stay away from home because of his work or employment? When he gives this allowance to civil servants, why cannot he give it to Members of Parliament who have to stay away from home to carry out their Parliamentary duties? I have no interest in this matter.
§ Mr. Kenneth Lewis
Would it not be better for the Leader of the House to make decisions on all these matters? Then we would not have to put Questions on the Order Paper and would not have to be discussing these matters constantly.