§ 2. Mr. Tilney
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Federal Government of Nigeria has now taken back into revenue the £4,900,000 of the widows' and orphans' pension scheme which was thought by the overseas service to have been funded in 1954
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Yes, Sir. At the same time the Federal Government have introduced a Bill to bring the level of supplementary pensions payable to widows and orphans up to the level of those payable to retired officers; to authorise the Governor-General to increase supplementary pensions whenever retired officers' pensions are increased; and to charge pensions and 1229 supplementary pensions on the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.
§ Mr. Tilney
While welcoming any increase in the somewhat low pensions, may I ask whether my right hon. Friend would confirm that there will be no diminution in security for the widows of the civil servants concerned?
§ Mr. Macleod
Yes, Sir, I can certainly do that. Indeed by the Answer I have given, undertaking that pensions can be increased in the circumstances I have mentioned, there is an added advantage to these people.