HC Deb 08 November 1944 vol 404 cc1344-5
26. Captain Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he expects to be able to make a statement regarding increases in pensions of retired colonial civil servants to meet the increased cost of living.

Colonel Stanley

A number of Colonial Governments have decided to grant allowances to their pensioners resident in the United Kingdom and Eire on a basis similar to the scheme prescribed by Section I of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1944. Forms of application for the increases, together with a leaflet explaining the conditions of award, will be issued to pensioners concerned as soon as possible. Certain Colonial Governments have decided to award increases at different rates and the pensioners concerned are being informed separately. I am circulating with the OFFICIAL REPORT lists of the Colonial Governments to which this reply refers.

Captain Gammans

Does that mean that pensioners under some of the Governments will get no increase at all?

Colonel Stanley

No, Sir. I think my hon. and gallant Friend will see if he reads my answer that that is not so.

Following are the lists:

1. The following Governments have agreed to give temporary increases to the pensioners living in this country on the same basis as Section 1 of the Pensions (Increase) Acts and have stated that the scheme may be put into effect:

Aden, British Somaliland, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Fiji and Western Pacific, Gambia, Gibraltar, Gold Coast, Leeward Islands, Kenya, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Palestine and Trans-Jordan, St Helena, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanganyika Territory, Uganda, Zanzibar.

2. The same arrangements will be applied to Malaya and Hong Kong pensioners.

3. The following Governments have decided to award increases at the rates applicable to local pensioners. These rates are generally lower than those of the United Kingdom scheme.

British Honduras, Jamaica, Mauritius, Trinidad.