§ Mr. Clark Hutchison
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to secure after evacuation the pension rights or other benefits due to local personnel now attached to or working for British forces in Aden Colony and the Federation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Reynolds
In so far as uniformed personnel may be members of public services, they fall to be dealt with by the arrangements referred to by my right hon. Friend.
Unestablished civilians employed by the Ministry of Defence will receive agreed rates of gratuity.
The position of established civilians, including the question of their superannuation, is under review and the local unions have been so informed; to the extent that it proves possible to continue to employ them in the service of Her Majesty's Government, their present pension rights will be unaffected. Accrued benefits in accordance with the Superannuation Act, 1965, will be payable immediately to those whose service is terminated.