§ Mrs. McLaughlin
asked the Chancellar of the Exchequer whether he has studied the letter of February, 1962, sent by the Public Service Pensioners' Council to Members of Parliament, a copy of which has been sent to him; if he has noted the comparisons made on page 3 of this letter, of some older pensions with awards made in 1961 for similar service; and what action he proposes to take to deal with the matter.
§ Mr. Brooke
Yes. But no Government has been able to accept the fundamental change in the basis of public service pensions which would be involved in bringing all past pensions up to parity with those currently being awarded for similar service. The last Act increasing public service pensions came into operation in August, 1959, and my right hon. and learned Friend does not consider that the time has come136W for a further increase at the expense of the taxpayers and ratepayers. The matter will be kept under review.