HC Deb 12 December 1963 vol 686 c119W
77. Mr. Woodnutt

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, if he is aware that the Government of Ghana have deducted 7s. in the £ sterling from the pensions of former British Over seas Service pensioners and that the decision is to operate retrospectively from 1st November, thus causing considerable hardship; and what steps Her Majesty's Government is taking to safeguard the position of these pensioners.

Mr. Tilney

As I stated in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) on 11th December, my right hon. Friend is aware of the increased tax imposed by the Government of Ghana on the pensions of former British Overseas Service pensioners with effect from 1st November, 1963. Representations have been made to the Government of Ghana and we still await their reply. Pensions payable under the Ghana Pensions (Widows and Orphans) Ordinance remain exempt from Ghana tax.

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