HC Deb 06 July 1961 vol 643 cc1645-6
35. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many officers are now serving on the general list, King's African Rifles; whether he is aware that these officers have been given no statutory right to pensions or gratuities; and when action will be taken to put an end to this unsatisfactory state of affairs.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Hugh Fraser)

There are now twenty-three officers serving in the general list K.A.R. A pensions and gratuity scheme for them is under consideration by the East African Governments and will be broadly similar to that in force for the Government servants of comparable status in East Africa. It is hoped that it will be possible to enact the necessary legislation in 1961.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

Is my hon. Friend aware that the delay is causing serious hardships to those concerned? Is he aware that one of the officers has been invalided home with his family and has been a year on full pay but without any lodging allowance or ration allowance, and that he has been told by the Government of Kenya that any question of pension or gratuity can be decided only on an ex gratia basis? Will my hon. Friend see that this matter is accelerated?

Mr. Fraser

Yes, Sir, I will, but I must point out to my hon. Friend that the ex gratia basis will be reviewed—in the officer's favour. The payment will be increased if the final decision is for an upwards move. If the final decision is less advantageous, the difference will not be deducted.