HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1325-6W
Sir J. Lamb

asked the Minister of Pensions the number and the annual value of Great War pensions that have been voluntarily relinquished since the outbreak of the present war?

Sir W. Womersley

The number of pensions so relinquished to date is 46, and the aggregate annual saving to the State is £1,773. I am glad of this opportunity of expressing publicly, as I have already done privately to each pensioner, the Government's appreciation of their patriotic action.

Sir R. Blair

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the rise in the cost of living, the Government have come to any decision as to increasing the pensions to widows and dependants of officers and men who lost their lives in the late war?

Sir W. Womersley

No, Sir. The cost of living to-day is still considerably lower than that upon which the rates of corn-pensation provided by the Royal Warrant of 1919 and corresponding instruments were based.

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