§ Mr. G. Hutchinson
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will agree to the railway companies increasing the pensions payable to their pensioned staff during the period of Government control to the same extent as pensions derived from public funds.
The railway companies have already given supplementary allowances to certain of their annuitants whose pensions were below the minimum provided under the improved superannuation schemes. The question whether any supplementary allowance should be given to other retired railwaymen is a matter for the railway companies. Any representations they might desire to make to the Government regarding the position during the period of control would be given careful consideration.