HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc232-3W
85. Colonel Ponsonby

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why, in the case of ex-officials in East Africa, the maximum income qualifying for an increase in pension is £300 per annum in the case of married men and £225 in the case of unmarried men; and if he will consider increasing this figure.

Mr. Creech Jones

The income limits to which the hon. and gallant Member refers are those prescribed in Section I of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1944. In the Pensions (Increase) Bill now before Parliament, it is proposed to alter these limit, so far as United Kingdom law is concerned to £450 and £350 respectively. If these proposals are passed into law, I shall, as I informed the hon. and gallant Member in the answer I gave him on 4th December, take up with the Colonial Governments the question of a similar alteration in the Colonial legislation.