§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement about the pensions of past employees of the former Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland which are the subject of a memorandum by the Federal Pensioners' Association, a copy of which has been forwarded to him.
§ Lord Balniel
These pensions are paid from the Central African Pension Fund established under Section 24 of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Dissolution) Order in Council 1963.
I have much sympathy for the Federal pensioners but the Federal service was a local service, the members of which were recruited by the Federal Government and not by Her Majesty's Government. Her Majesty's Government's role is to ensure with Zambia, Malawi and Southern Rhodesia that funds are available to the Central African Pension Fund for the payment of pensions under the fund. The rates of pensions are not under our control.