HC Deb 21 August 1945 vol 413 c451
73. General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is still proposed to continue in force the Pensions Increase Act after 31st December, 1945;and if he will grant to all Service pensioners increases not less in amount than any deductions previously made in the rates of their pensions below the basic rates of 1919.

Mr. Dalton

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." As regards the second part it is intended to continue the increases in Service officers' pensions for which provision has already been made, corresponding to the increases authorised by the Pensions (Increase) Act.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are still considerable numbers of officers whose pensions were reduced on account of the alleged fall in the cost of living, and were never increased when the cost of living rose very steeply? Will he give attention to that?

Mr. Dalton

Yes, Sir, I will look into it, but, of course, without any commitment.

Commander Marsden

May I ask, since the right hon. Gentleman mentioned the word "officers," whether he did not refer to all pensioners who received an increase?

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir, I was answering the Question on the Paper.