My right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour stated in the House on 29th July last that this question would have to be considered in relation to the proposals of Sir William Beveridge, and this is being done. I cannot at this stage name any date when it will be possible to bring proposals before the House.
I have looked up that speech myself in order to refresh my memory, and if my hon. Friend will look at the quotation, he will see that what was suggested was that the two matters would be dealt with together. When there is a discussion early in the New Year on the Beveridge Report these matters can be discussed at the same time.
Does the right hon. Gentleman know that in the last Session a statement was made by the Minister of Labour; and a promise was given, that these two matters relating to pensions would be considered, irrespective of the Beveridge Report. Are we to understand that the Government intend to give consideration to these two minor matters before the Beveridge Report, which is very comprehensive, is dealt with?