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Members' Salaries

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th March 1957.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North 12:00 am, 26th March 1957

asked the Prime Minister what conditions are necessary before Her Majesty's Government will consider implementing the recommendations of the Select Committee on Members' Salaries; and whether, as the Government have agreed to implement the recommendations of the Select Committee on Members' Expenses, he will now state when he expects to take the necessary action to carry into effect these proposals.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have been asked to reply.

My right hon. Friend has nothing to add to the reply which the hon. Gentleman received from his predecessor on 15th November.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

But that was not a reply at all. May I ask the Leader of the House whether he will ask the Prime Minister to try to deal with this matter as decently and generously as the right hon. Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) tried to do when he was Prime Minister some five or six years ago, and not be afraid on this occasion of any revolt by the 1922 Committee?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I remember assisting my right hon. Friend the Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) on the previous occasion, and I have no doubt that my successor as Chancellor of the Exchequer will help my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on this occasion; but I cannot give any indication of what the date is likely to be.