HC Deb 18 December 1968 vol 775 cc1360-1
11. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has now given consideration to raising the level of pre-1956 service pensions; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Reynolds

We have been considering the problems of the older pensioners for some time, and any action we take will come within the context of a Pensions (Increase) Measure. I would therefore refer the hon. and gallant Gentleman to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Paymaster-General on 27th November to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Tilney) and my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes.—[Vol. 774, c. 117.]

Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

When the promised pensions increase Bill appears, will the Minister bear in mind the pledges made by his party when seeking election that the purchasing power of pensions would not be eroded?

Mr. Reynolds

I am afraid that the hon. and gallant Gentleman must wait for the Bill, he will then see what is in it.