§ 79. Mr. W. J. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he is aware of the Indian Dominion Government's refusal to accept a recommendation of His Majesty's Government that the Pensions (Increase) Act of 1947 should apply to European alicers residing in this country and who already enjoy the limited benefits conferred t y the Pensions (Increase) Act of 1946; how many such pensioners would be affected by the Act of 1947; at precisely what cost; and whether he will allow, from British funds, the benefits of improvement in pensions granted by Parliament to pensioners of the United Kingdom Civil Services to be extended to those members of His Majesty's Government who served in India.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. Gordon-Walker)
Yes, Sir. A new Clause covering civil pensioners of the Government of India in this country has been inserted in the Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. These pensioners will, therefore, to the extent indicated in the Bill, get the benefit of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1947, at the expense of the United Kingdom Exchequer.