§ 3. Sir KINGSLEY WOOD
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give further consideration to the request of ex-soldiers, pensioners from the old Army, to have their pensions augmented in the same way as soldiers now drawing disability pensions on account of the increase of the cost of living?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Forster)
My hon. Friend is doubtless aware that Admiral Jerram's Committee proposed an extension of the revised scale of Naval Service pensions to all Naval pensioners on the rolls, and that the Government decided to extend it only to such existing pensioners as are now serving or have served in the War. This decision will govern the consideration now being given to the scale of Army pensions.
§ Mr. FORSTER
I think there is a great distinction to be drawn between disability pensions and service pensions. Disability pensions are given to compensate to some extent for loss of earning power, but service pensions are given in recognition of long service, as the hon. Member knows very well.