§ Mr. WATT
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he would explain how the proposals to remove the pauper disqualification in connection with old age pensions would affect the Poor Law finances for the current year, especially 1046W There was an arrangement entered into with Members on the other side of the House that private Orders should not be proceeded with to-night. Therefore I do not think the Patronage Secretary can possibly agree to the hon. Member's proposal without committing a breach of faith.
§ Mr. REMNANT
I cannot understand the position. We should have passed through the Bill without any question whatever, and it will not take a minute. A definite promise was made that the Bill should go through.
I am afraid the hon. Member cannot speak again.
Question put, "That this House do now adjourn."
The House divided: Ayes, 49; No, 1.
with regard to the rate of contributions from parish councils in Scotland for cases in parish hospitals which cannot be discharged and in respect of the in-and-out class of paupers in the Scottish poorhouses?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
As explained in answer to the hon. Member for West Ham on the 14th instant, it is not intended that local authorities should contribute anything beyond the amount by which the rates will be actually relieved through the removal of the disqualification. I cannot, at present, give more detailed information as to the means by which this will be effected.