§ 16. Colonel YATE
asked the Pensions Minister if he can state what has been the cause of the delay with regard to alternative pensions for officers; and what steps have been taken to deal with the matter?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of PENSIONS (Colonel Sir James Craig)
Applications for alternative retired pay necessarily involve careful investigation of evidence as to pre-war earnings and earning capacity. It is undeniable that, in the pressure of work due to demobilisation, some delay is inevitably occurring in dealing with officers' cases. The pressure of work in the officers' branch, as in others, is being met as rapidly as possible by increase of staff and accommodation. If the hon. and gallant Member has any particular instances to bring to my notice, they will at once be investigated.