HC Deb 20 February 1940 vol 357 c1171W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the desirability of restricting expenditure at the present time, he will ascertain to what extent it would be possible to meet claims for increases of wages in various branches of the Civil Service, particularly the industrial Civil Service, by introducing pension schemes and other schemes for deferred payment under which the financial position of those concerned would be improved without enabling them to spend more during the war period?

Sir J. Simon

The institution of a superannuation scheme for Government employés, including industrial employés, who are not eligible for pension under the Superannuation Acts does not, I fear, afford a practical means of encouraging the reduction of consumption, which is so desirable at the present time for all classes of the community.