HC Deb 16 November 1964 vol 702 cc7-8W
56. Dr. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will now take steps to ensure that Service pensions are paid at one uniform scale of rates dependent on rank and length of service, regardless of the date of retirement of the individual pensioner.

Brigadier Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will bring pre-1950 Service pensions into line with post-1950 pensions;

(2) if he will take steps to bring the pensions of those officers and other ranks who retired before September 1950 into line with present day Service pensions.

Mr. Healey

In reply to Questions on 10th November by the hon. Members for Tynemouth (Dame Irene Ward) and Harwich (Mr. Ridsdale) my hon. Friend the Chief Secretary said that the Government are considering the position of public service pensioners.

The review, which will, of course, include Armed Forces pensioners, will take account of the various suggestions made from time to time about pensions increase measures.

I cannot anticipate the outcome of the review.