§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in view of the fact that Armed Forces pensioners already require an average increase in pension of 60 per cent. to compensate for the effects of inflation, and that at the current rate of inflation the purchasing power of the pension would be halved every three years, if the Government will alter the rules to permit compensating increases to be paid.
§ Mr. Judd
Cost of living increases are already paid immediately to those who are invalided or subsequently become incapacitated through ill-health and to all pensioners on reaching age 55; before that age, it is hoped that, in addition to their pension, they will be able to secure an income from civilian employment.