HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 c606
61. Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the acute financial circumstances prevailing among the many Post Office pensioners owing to the increased cost of living who are now unable to work because of age and infirmity, some of whom have to apply for public assistance, he will consider the advisability of taking necessary steps by legislation or otherwise, to increase the pensions of the Government's aged servants, and thus prevent them suffering poverty?

Captain Crookshank

It would not be possible to increase the pensions of retired civil servants without legislation, and as I stated in my reply to the hon. Member for North Camberwell (Mr. Ammon) on 18th July, I cannot undertake to introduce legislation for this purpose.