HC Deb 15 November 1928 vol 222 c1053

asked the Prime Minister whether he has received an appeal from the annual conference of the British Legion that a scheme be inaugurated for co-ordinating the national system of the award of pensions to ex-members of the fighting forces in order to remedy and prevent the anomalies which have arisen since 1914; and whether he will consider placing the responsibility for dealing with the question of pensions for all forces of the Crown under the control of the Ministry of Pensions, so as to provide equality of consideration for relative ranks in all services?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Baldwin)

I have received a copy of the memorandum referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend, and I have given careful consideration to the suggestion for concentrating the administration of pensions for all forces of the Crown in the Ministry of Pensions. I am satisfied, however, after consulting my colleagues, that there would be no real advantage and very serious disadvantages in such a step.