HC Deb 24 January 1956 vol 548 c25
38 and 39. Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the review of Service and Civil Service pensions, which he undertook to make on 4th May, 1955, has been completed; and if he will make a statement;

(2) whether he is now able to give an undertaking that within the present Session he will introduce a Pensions (Increase) Bill, which will deal with the claims of retired officers of Her Majesty's Forces.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

I shall be making a statement shortly.

Colonel Crosthwaite-Eyre

Can my right hon. Friend give any indication of what is meant by "shortly"?

Mr. Macmillan

"Very soon," Sir.

Dr. King

Is the Chancellor aware that his predecessor gave sympathetic answers to pleas made on behalf of these people during the last twelve months, and will be now treat the matter as one of some urgency?

Mr. Macmillan

Yes, Sir.