HC Deb 24 April 1907 vol 173 c29
MR. REES (Montgomery Boroughs)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether the widows of Indian officers who reside in England receive from military funds an annual pension of £250 6s. 4d., while such widows as elect to reside in India receive in rupees the equivalent of only £152 8s.. l0d.; and, if so, whether he will explain the reason for such difference.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) The widow of a subscriber to the Bengal Military Fund ranking as a lieutenant-colonel receives £250 6s. 4d. a year when resident in England, and Rs. 190.11.6 a month (which, at the present rate of exchange is the equivalent of £152 11s. 6d. a year in sterling) when resident in India. These rates were fixed by the subscribers to the fund many years ago, when it was managed by their representatives, and I see no sufficient reason, as at present advised, for diminishing the one rate or increasing the other.