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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:34 pm on 17th January 1991.

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Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , East Londonderry 4:34 pm, 17th January 1991

Has the Leader of the House looked at early-day motion 299, one of the few ever signed by more than half the Members of this House?

[That, in the opinion of this House, paragraph (2) of the third Resolution of this House of 19th July 1983, whichprovides that resettlement grants for former Members should not be payable to a person who has attained the age of 65 years before the dissolution of the present or any future Parliament should no longer have effect, and that the following new provision should be made: (a) That the resettlement grant should not be payable, on the dissolution of the present or any future Parliament, to any person who has attained the age of 65 years at the dissolution of the preceeding Parliament; but That (b) regardless of age, a person who has completed a total of 20 years' service as a Member of this House becomes eligible for the grant when it becomes payable under the first paragraph of the third Resolution of 19th July 1983, irrespective of whether that service was continuous, subject to paragraph (3) of the said Resolution.]

When was the last time that happened? What is the right hon. Gentleman's view of the sentiment expressed in that motion?