HC Deb 05 December 1951 vol 494 c2377
29. Mr. T. Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies which Colonial Governments have increased the pensions of retired public servants of all grades during the last six months.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Northern Rhodesia, Tanganyika, Kenya and Trinidad Governments have introduced general increases during the last six months. The details of the schemes vary.

Mr. Reid

Can the Minister say whether these increases have been given to all grades or only to a certain number of civil servants? In view of the fact that the pensions of civil servants who retired before the war have now a purchasing power of only about one-third to one-half of what they had when first given, will the Minister encourage all Colonies to increase the pensions of their retired civil servants?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I will send the hon. Gentleman details of the various schemes. They vary very considerably and any answer applying to all four would be an inaccurate one. I realise the difficulties of colonial pensioners, and the best protection His Majesty's Government can give to colonial pensioners and others is to combat the growing inflation in our economy.