HC Deb 01 August 1944 vol 402 cc1188-9W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Army Order, dated 31st May, 1944, concerning the increase of certain Service pensions, will have the result that all officers of the rank of colonel or above will continue to draw their pre-war rates of pension at the reduced scale to that originally granted; why this discrimination is exercised against these senior officers who feel with their juniors the effect of a rise in the cost of living; and whether he will have the matter inquired into or some explanation given as to why a concession has been fixed at the rate of £600 a year or less.

Sir J. Grigg

The terms of the Royal Warrant in question are similar to those of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1944. The specific limitation to which my hon. Friend refers was debated in the course of the Committee stage of the Bill on 18th April of this year, and I would refer him to the statement then made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.