§ 45. Mr. M. Beaumont
asked the Prime Minister when it is proposed to take the Supplementary Estimate dealing with an increase of Members' salaries; and whether the decision will be left to a free vote of the House?
§ Sir J. Simon
It is proposed to embody the Government's proposal in a Resolution which will be placed upon the Paper at an early date. A Supplementary Estimate will be presented in due course. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.
§ Mr. Beaumont
Are we to understand that as it has been the custom of this House that Members shall not vote on any subject in which their salaries are concerned, that a vote on this matter will be confined to Ministers?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte
Will not the right hon. Gentleman reconsider the whole matter in view of the opposition on this side of the House and in the country?
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there are many on this side of the House who have always wanted, if Members of Parliament are to be paid, that they should be paid adequately?
§ Mr. Davidson
Will the usual practice be followed and Members be allowed to return this increase to the Treasury if they do not want it?