Clause 2. — (Power for the Treasury to borrow.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 5th August 1942.

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Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

I wish to ask a question. As you, Sir Dennis, have pointed out, this is a very narrow Amendment, and I do not intend to follow either the hon. Member beside me or the hon. Member behind me on the question of the poor poor and the poor rich. I would only say that the poor poor are better on than before the war, as they deserve to be, and that as long as the poor rich can afford to clothe and house themselves and give their children food, it is all they ought to expect in time of war. I think that the principle of the matters raised in the Amendment is of very great importance, and perhaps my hon. Friend can indicate that at some future date, for example after the resumption, he will speak to us on the whole question of long and short-term borrowing policy, because there are certain disturbing factors about it which it would not be in Order to mention now.