HC Deb 08 September 1942 vol 383 cc29-30
60. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that British subjects who have retired from Siamese service have had their pensions stopped; that the amount of pensions payable is £25,000 per annum and that there are frozen Siamese assets available in Great Britain for £15,000,000; and whether he will release sufficient money to pay the pensions of these people, many of whom were appointed under the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909, the American Government having already acted on these lines?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Kingsley Wood)

This question has been carefully and sympathetically considered on a number of occasions, but I have been advised that His Majesty's Government have no power to adopt the course suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend.