HC Deb 25 January 1962 vol 652 cc385-6
14. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent his policy of a pay pause will apply to the Government's promise to review the pay and pensions of the Armed Forces at two-year intervals, the last review having been held in February, 1960.

Mr. Brooke

The normal biennial review of Service pay and pensions is taking place in accordance with the recommendations of the Grigg Committee. Until it is completed I am not in a position to make any further statement.

Mr. Callaghan

Will the Chief Secretary bear in mind that, since the last review took place, average earnings in industry have increased by about 30s. a week? In view of the fact that recruiting is falling below the target set by the Government, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there will have to be a substantial increase in Service pay if the Government are to maintain this promise to Service men?

Mr. Brooke

The Government will certainly bear in mind everything relevant to the question, but the review is now in progress and I cannot anticipate its outcome.