13. Mr. John Hall
asked the Secretary of State for War when the machinery for awarding Army pensions was last reviewed.
§ Mr. Head
We have decided to reorganise the machinery for awarding Army pensions. This will be done by setting up an Army Pensions Office to 169 deal with all awards of Army pensions, including soldiers' pensions at present the responsibility of the Commissioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, officers' retired pay, Army family pensions and civilian superannuation. I think that it will be more efficient and economical in administration to bring them all together in one office. The Commissioners will remain responsible for the administration of the Royal Hospital and the welfare of pensioners living there. An Order to give effect to certain of these changes will shortly be laid before both Houses of Parliament.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this statement will be very much welcomed as one leading not only to economy but, we hope, to increased efficiency?