HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 cc1278-9
40. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Pensions what additions to meet the increased cost of living have been made since the war to disability pensions given to men who served in the last war?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions (Mr. Paling)

The rates of pension laid down in the Royal Warrant of 1919 and corresponding instruments for the Navy and Air Force were based on a cost-of-living figure of 215. The cost of living has not yet approached that figure since the present war began, and consequently there has been no increase in the rates. The hon. Member may, however, rest assured that steps will be taken to revise the rates in accordance with the Royal Warrant, if and when the cost of living justifies it.

Mr. Lipson

In view of the fact that the value of £1 before the war was only about 15s., is there not a case for an immediate increase in disability pensions, and will the Minister not see that action in that direction is taken at once?

Mr. Paling

The rates were fixed after full consideration.

Mr. Lipson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that an answer of that kind bears no true relationship to the facts of life, and will he give the matter more consideration?