§ Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to amendments in the regulations concerning the commutation of other ranks' pensions to bring them more into line with those affecting officers' pensions.
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
My hon. Friend told the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. Hicks) on 24th May 1977—[Vol. 932, c. 1169–70]—that in the long term the MOD would like to see parity of treatment.
We are reviewing future commutation arrangements in the light of certain provisions of the Finance Act 1970 and of the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, and the desirability of bringing other ranks more in line with officers will be borne in mind. My hon. Friend will inform the hon. and gallant Member of our conclusions in due course.