§ Sir G. Jeffreys
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the cost of restoring to retired officers of the Forces such deductions in their retired pay below the basic rates of 1919 as have not been made good, or have only been partially made good under the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act of 1944.
§ Sir J. Anderson
The direct extra cost of increasing the rates of retired pay of officers of the Navy, Army and R.A.F. to the rates in force in 1919, after allowing for the increases under the provisions corresponding to the Pensions (Increase) Act of 1944, would be approximately £200,000 per annum. As I explained in the course of the Debate on the Pensions702W (Increase) Bill, however, it is the Government's view that the pensioned officer should not be given more favourable treatment in this respect than that accorded to Crown servants generally, including officers of the Forces who are still in active employment.