Orders of the Day — Parliamentary and Other Pensions Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:22 pm on 27th April 1987.

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Photo of Mr Jack Dormand Mr Jack Dormand , Easington 9:22 pm, 27th April 1987

Perhaps the Minister will explain in what way the Bill has been helpful. We had a very depressing speech from the Leader of the House and that of the Treasury Minister has been even more depressing. They have made it clear that they are not prepared to take on board suggestions and proposals put forward from both sides of the House. One appreciates the Minister's argument that certain issues are not matters for him or for the present Bill, but matters for the Top Salaries Review Body or matters for consideration at another time and perhaps with another Bill. Will he come clean and admit that nothing will be done in Committee to change the purpose of the Bill which, as the Leader of the House has said, is merely to bring about a change in the mechanics?