Oral Question: Business of the House

- Thursday, 16th January 2014

 

Parliament

Mr Peter Lilley†(Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con):†May I draw the attention of my right hon. Friend and hon. Members to the House of Commons Members' Fund Bill, which I introduced and which is scheduled for Second Reading tomorrow? The Bill will reform the archaic and costly legislation that governs the benevolent fund that exists to help former Members of Parliament and their dependants who fall on hard times. It will reduce costs and reflect changing circumstances, thereby enabling us to forgo a Treasury grant, to suspend the £2 monthly payment that each Member makes to the fund and to return £1 million to the Treasury, while also ensuring that the fund remains capable of meeting ongoing needs given that, sadly, hardship continues to occur among former Members. If the Bill receives its Second Reading, will my right hon. Friend expediteó

 

Mr Deputy Speaker (Mr Lindsay Hoyle):†Order. I think that the Leader of the House has got the gist of the right hon. Gentleman's question.

 

Mr Lilleyroseó

 

Mr Deputy Speaker:†Order. I am sorry, but I am sure that the Leader of the House will manage to construct an answer from what the right hon. Gentleman has said.

 

Mr Lansley:†I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, who chairs the Members' fund and whose stewardship of it, along with that of his colleagues, has been very effective. I think that anyone who cares to read the explanatory notes accompanying his Bill will appreciate what a sensible and welcome reform he proposes. He might have been wondering whether, if the Bill receives its Second Reading tomorrow, the Government will table a money motion in support of it, and I can tell him that that would be our intention.

 

 

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