HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 cc331-2
34. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Minister of Pensions whether there is any difference in the rates of disability retired pay to officers disabled in the last war and this; and, if so, will be publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT, the different scales.

The Minister of Pensions (Sir Walter Womersley)

The standard rate of disability retired pay for 100 per cent. disablement in the war 1914–18 for a lieutenant, R.N., Army captain, and flight lieutenant was £210 a year. It is now £240. There is also a difference between the rate for a brigadier-general and analogous ranks in the war 1914–18 and that for brigadier and analogous ranks at present, but the ranks of brigadier-general and brigadier are not strictly comparable.

Mr. Bellenger

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for those two illustrations, may I ask whether he would publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a complete list of those war pensions for all commissioned ranks; and, further, whether he has received any representations from the Advisory Committee and the ex-Servicemen's organisation asking for an increase in those rates?

Sir W. Womersley

I have received no representations from either of those bodies to date. It is not necessary to publish the long list for which the hon. Member asks, because I have given the only differences.

Mr. Astor

What is the difference between "brigadier" and "brigadier-general" except the omission of the word "general"?

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