HC Deb 02 March 1926 vol 192 c1211
16. Mr. BRIANT

asked the Secretary of State for War if, for the convenience of Army pensioners, all pensions can be paid weekly instead of monthly?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

Pensions awarded to soldiers below the rank of warrant officer Class I since the beginning of the War are paid weekly in advance. Pre-War pensioners are entitled, under the Royal Warrant then in force, to be paid quarterly in advance, but, if they so desire, arrangements are made for them to draw their pensions weekly.


Would it not be desirable that the drawing of these pensions weekly should be made compulsory, on the same lines as police pensions, thus avoiding the trouble which is often caused by people spending the money in the first few weeks?


No, Sir; I think that if a man likes to draw his pension quarterly in advance it may be of some advantage to him to do so, and I do not propose to compel him to take it weekly.