HC Deb 20 September 1948 vol 456 c39W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Pensions when it is intended to increase the present basic rate of pension of disabled soldiers, sailors and airmen.

Mr. Marquand

I would refer the hon. Member to the report of the Debate in the House on 29th July. I then gave the reasons for the Government's view that there are no grounds for an all round increase in the basic rate of war pension and that the present policy of giving assistance, by way of supplementary allowances, to the more seriously disabled who are unable to take their normal place in the employment field and are more or less dependent on their pension, is the correct one.

Mr. Swingler

asked the Prime Minister, whether, in view of the decision that in future peace-time disability pensions will be administered by the Minister of Pensions, he will consider the transfer to the Minister of Pensions of the 12,500 disability pensions for which the three Service Departments are at present responsible.

The Prime Minister

It is not proposed to make any change in the arrangements for the administration of the disability pensions which are at present the responsibility of the Service Departments.