HC Deb 25 July 1950 vol 478 c47W
110. Mr. Marlowe

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that ex-soldiers in receipt of special campaign pensions are being subjected to a means test, and that such pensions are being reduced or cancelled according to the amount received by them under the National Insurance Act; and whether he will restore these exceptional pensions awarded for good service.

Mr. Strachey

Special campaign pensions are compassionate awards payable under a system now obsolete to ex-Regular soldiers in possession of a war medal for a campaign before 1925 who have reached the age of 65 years and are in necessitous circumstances. If, owing to amounts received under the National Insurance Acts, the recipients are no longer in necessitous circumstances, the special campaign pension is terminated or reduced. I do not propose to alter these arrangements.