§ 54. Sir H. Williams
asked the Minister of Defence what consideration he is giving to the pension rate of personnel discharged before 1st December, 1945, having regard to the increase in the cost of living since that date.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Members of the Forces discharged to pension before 19th December, 1945, were not eligible to benefit under the new code of retired pay and pensions which was introduced on that date. However, those who served during the late war have had their pensions reassessed to or towards the new rates, under a scheme announced in the House on 15th April, 1946. Those who did not serve during the war are eligible to be considered for increases in pension similar to those provided for various other classes of State pensioners under the Pensions (Increase) Acts of 1944 and 1947.