HC Deb 12 July 1944 vol 401 cc1728-9
28. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will state the total disability pensions paid to natives who were members of West African, Cypriot and Maltese regiments, respectively; and what increases have been granted since the outbreak of the war.

Colonel Stanley

Full details of the total disability pension rates for African members of the West African Forces were given in the memorandum which I sent to the hon. Member in August, 1943, and of which copies are available in the Library of the House. No increases have been made since then, but the matter is at present under review by the West African Governments. Maltese and Cypriots are eligible for disability pensions at two-thirds British rates and the increases in British rates have been given to Maltese and Cypriots proportionately.

Mr. Sorensen

When is some report likely to be made?

Colonel Stanley

I could not say, but I hope shortly.

Dr. Haden Guest

In view of the general interest in the matter, could not these figures be put in the OFFICIAL REPORT?

Colonel Stanley

I do not want to overburden the OFFICIAL REPORT. It is an immensely long list. It has been available in the Library for many months.