HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 cc255-6W
Mr. McKibbin

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Pensions Increases Act Review which will be laid before Par- liament in the New Year will apply to Naval, Military and Royal Air Force pensioners.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The Pensions (Increase) Acts themselves do not apply to retired members of the Armed Forces, but their provisions, adapted as necessary, are extended to Forces pensioners by means of prerogative instruments. As I announced on Tuesday, 29th November, in reply to similar Questions on this subject, the measures which the Government have in mind will cover Forces pensioners, and when the Bill relating to civil pensioners has received the Royal Assent the Service Ministers will lay the appropriate instruments before Her Majesty the Queen.