HC Deb 29 May 1963 vol 678 cc130-1W
Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Defence whether, in view of growing dissatisfaction with the principle of immutability as applied to retirement pensions, he will now bring the system to an end, thus avoiding the present discrimination against some pensioners.

Mr. Profumo

I have been asked to reply.

If there ever was a principle of immutability it must by now be regarded as defunct. While it may be impracticable to protect pensioners against all effects of inflation, six pensions increase measures have been passed since the end of the second world war and the last and largest has only been in force for five months.

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