HC Deb 29 October 1957 vol 575 c41W
Mr. John Tilney

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations with which Governments of former Colonial Territories, now emerged to independent status within the Commonwealth, agreements exist relating to the pensions of past or present United Kingdom members of the Civil Services of those Governments or their predecessors to what extent such agreements contain provisions for increases on bases comparable with, or more favourable than, the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1956; and if he will give details in each case.

Mr. Alport

Paragraph 4 of the United Kingdom-Ghana Public Officers Agreement (Cmd. 158) provides for the payment of pensions to persons who were in the Public Service of Ghana before Independence in accordance with the law under which the pension was granted or the law in force immediately before Independence as appropriate, or in accordance with any law made after Independence which is not less favourable. The Agreement contains no provisions for specific pensions increases similar to the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1956.

The Governments of the United Kingdom and the Federation of Malaya are in consultation with a view to the conclusion of a Public Officers Agreement, details of which cannot yet be given. The present position with regard to pensions increases for expatriate staff in the service of the Federation Government is as described in the reply given by my Right Hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary to my hon. Friend on the 31st July.