§ Mr. HAYES
asked the Prime Minister whether the proposed legislation to improve the scale of pension increases granted to pre-War pensioners under the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1920, will include police pensioners; whether the special Committee of the Cabinet to deal with this matter will take evidence from the National Association of Retired Police Officers; and whether the Committee will consider and report upon the position of widows of pre-September, 1918, pensioners?
§ Major BOYD - CARPENTER
The Committee will consider the position of police pensioners. I cannot say what evidence, if any, it will decide to take from outside bodies or individuals. As regards the third part of the question, if the hon. Member is referring to cases of widows who were not in receipt of pensions when the Pensions (Increase) Act came into force, and who are therefore outside the scope of that Act, the matter would appear to be one arising under the Police Pension Acts, rather than under the Pensions (Increase) Act, and is therefore not within the scope of the Committee's inquiry.