HC Deb 09 March 1920 vol 126 cc1128-9W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what increased liability would, according to official esti- mate, have to be incurred by the State were pre-war State pensions in general brought up to the level of the present scale; and if, in furnishing such information, he can allocate the extra charge among the different classes of pensioners?


It is not possible to give more than a very rough estimate, but it has been calculated that the direct initial charge on the Exchequer would certainly not be less than £7,000,000 a year. In round figures this sum would be distributed as follows:—

Civil Service 2,000,000
Army 1,500,000
Navy 1,000,000
Police 2,100,000
Teachers 400,000
In addition, heavy burdens would be thrown on local funds. The annual cost would, of course, diminish gradually as the number of pre-war pensioners is reduced by death. The present value of the total cost may be put at not less than £50,000,000.