Present Position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 28th November 1922.

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Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

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asked the Prime Minister what opportunity will occur during the present Session for a discussion on the position of ex-service men and their dependants?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I fear there will be no opportunity for a discussion on this subject, unless it is raised in the course of the Debate on the Address.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

In view of the fact that an opportunity may not arise on the Address, will not the Leader of the House make an opportunity, owing to the grave importance of the subject?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

This Session is called, as my hon. and gallant Friend well knows, for a specific purpose, and I should not agree to do anything which would detain the House longer than was absolutely necessary.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Does the right hon. Gentleman not admit the right of a new Parliament to have an opportunity of discussing a matter of such great importance?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I admit the right of the majority of the. House of Commons to decide any question.

Lieut.-Colonel WATTS-MORGAN:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in one union alone in South Wales there are 3,000 ex-service men being relieved by the-board of guardians?