HC Deb 18 February 1924 vol 169 cc1354-5W
Viscountess ASTOR

asked the Prime Minister whether in any Measure dealing with pre-War pensioners he will give due consideration to the fact that in the case of military pre-War pensioners who served for a further four years during the late War no pension was granted beyond the 21 years' pension already earned?


I have been asked to reply. The fact that these men are drawing pension at the post-War rate renders them ineligible for any increase under the Pensions Increase Bill shortly to be introduced, but I ought to inform the Noble Lady that pre-War pensioners who re-enlisted for the Great War continued to draw their pensions in addition to their full pay of rank and were not entitled to count the further service for increase of pension. Under Army Order 325 of 1919, by reason of their having served in the War, their pensions were recalculated on the 1919 scale, which is much more liberal than the pre-War scale.