HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 cc180-1W
Mr. D. Marshall

asked the Minister of Pensions how the basic rate of disability pensions for ex-Service men and women today compare with the basic rate in 1919 and 1921, taking into account the rise in the cost of living between these two dates.

Mr. Marquand

The basic pension rate was 40s. a week from 3rd September, 1919, and was the same in 1920 and 1921. By reference to the cost-of-living index figures in those years and today, the present basic rate corresponding to the rates in those years would be 40s. 9d. for 1919, 35s. 2d. for 1920, and 38s. 9d. a week for 1921.