HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc162-3W
127. Mr. McKibbin

asked the Minister of Defence when he intends to take steps to increase officers' service pensions and officers' widows' pensions to an extent comparable with the increases proposed for war disabled and war widows.

Mr. H. Macmillan

Different considerations apply in the case of service officers' retired pay and forces family pensions; my hon. Friend will find a full statement of Her Majesty's Government's views on those matters in the White Paper (Cmd. 9092) issued last March. I have nothing to add to that statement.

Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Defence why the widow of a retired Regular officer is denied a pension, and thus be forced at times to subsist on National Assistance, because she happened to marry her husband after his retirement; and if he will take steps to amend the entitlement to pension so as to cover such circumstances.

Mr. H. Macmillan

The Government cannot reasonably be asked to make provision in the Service pensions code for family responsibilities incurred by a Regular officer after he has ceased to be actively employed.