HC Deb 07 April 1959 vol 603 c49

Before I turn to my taxation proposals I should like to mention one matter which is not technically a budgetary issue, but is still highly relevant in human and economic terms to the way I use the surplus. There is one group of people whom I have felt it my special responsibility to consider. They are the public service pensioners: the retired teacher, civil servant, local government officer, National Health Service officer, policeman, fireman and others, and also the Service pensioners of Her Majesty's Forces and their widows.

Very many of them were helped by the Pensions (Increase) Act of 1956, and the corresponding Royal Warrants, but, now that there are signs of easement in the economy, I am sure that the Committee would feel it right that we should take another look at their position and see what additional help can be given. I am inviting representatives of local authorities to enter into consultation at once and I hope that it may then be possible to put proposals for legislation before the House within a few weeks.