HC Deb 09 March 1966 vol 725 cc528-9W
83. Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many retired officers of the three armed Services, including the Indian armed Services, are in receipt of retired pay under each of the eight retired pay codes; how many of those officers who retired under the 1919 code had their retired pay reassessed because of war service; and, in each case, how many of these officers are over 60 years of age.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

As the information consists of a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The information is as follows:

Forty-four advances have been made to men serving in Chatham, and there will have been more to men in Chatham based ships, but it would take a great deal of research to find out how many.

Mr. Boston

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in extending the assisted house-purchase scheme to ratings of the Royal Navy; whether he is satisfied with the number of applications he has received so far; whether further steps need to be taken to see that those whom it is intended to benefit take advantage of it; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

We do not contemplate extending this scheme below Leading Rates. They and their seniors, and their Royal Marine counterparts, are the ones most likely to be considering both re-engagement and house purchase. The response has shown that the scheme is well known and popular, and I do not see any need at present to take further steps to press it.