It was out of consideration to the House itself, and to the time of the House, that I gave that reply. The reply I gave was that I am taking into consideration the representations that were made.
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he can Indicate the probable date of publication of the report of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service; and if he will give an undertaking to the House not to impose further cuts in the cost-of-living bonus of civil servants until the Government have had full opportunity of giving consideration to the report of the Royal Commission?
It is quite clear that the hon. Gentleman does not seem to realise the chronology of the dates. The time when the change would take place would be the 1st September. This report is due out, probably, at the end of next week. Therefore, there is plenty of time between that and the 1st September.
May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether, in view of the fact that the minimum wage in many of these classes is now 35s. per week, he can give an undertaking not to reduce the wages further until this House has had an opportunity to discuss the matter?
May I ask whether the hon. Gentleman does not realise that there is a very general interest in this matter, that there is a general desire that the House itself shall have an opportunity of speaking upon this matter before any further cut is imposed, and that, unless a statement is made before the House adjourns, by the time we come back the unhappy consequences will have taken place?