HC Deb 09 December 1920 vol 135 cc2442-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War how many prewar pensioners who were in the Army or Army establishments, respectively, have died since 1st April last; the number who are entitled to the increased pension and the number who have received them; the number not entitled to increase of pension owing to the income limit as fixed by the Government; and the total cost of the increased pensions for the current year?


I regret that it is not possible, without extensive inquiry, to state the number of pre-war pensioners who have died since 1st April last; nor is it possible to state how many are not entitled to an increase of pension, as the Department is not aware of the number whose incomes rule them out. About 14,000 increases have been awarded by the War Office and it is estimated that there are 3,000 more who are entitled to increases. About 3,000 have been rejected on account of means. The total cost for the current year is estimated at £270,000. These figures do not include disability pensions which are dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions.