§ Captain Plugge
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the recent improvements which he has effected in the pay of Army officers and the beneficial results which this has had, he will now consider the anomaly which exists with regard to the pensions of retired Army officers; and whether he will investigate the matter with a view to improving their positions?
§ Mr. Hore-Belisha
The new conditions recently introduced do, in fact, include revised scales of gratuity and retired pay for combatant officers retiring on, or after, 1st August, 1938, the date on which the scheme came into effect. Unfortunately, in instituting a new set of conditions, those who have not been subject to these new conditions cannot receive the benefits, and this is the general position under any reform.