HC Deb 31 January 1956 vol 548 cc103-4W
Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why retirement pensions of wives are taken into account when considering pension increases paid to police pensioners.

Major Lloyd-George

This is a requirement of the Pensions (Increase) Acts and applies to public service pensioners generally. These Acts provide a higher rate of increase and higher income limits for pensioners who are married, and require that the pensioner's total income, including that of his wife, shall be taken into account in deciding whether he is eligible for an increase.