§ Mr. Foster
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will seek to arrange for the effective date of the increase in the parliamentary pension to be 1 April 1979 and not 15 November 1979.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
The next increase in the parliamentary pension will be on 12 November 1979 when pensions under the new State pension scheme are up-rated. These arrangements apply to all retired public servants and I can see no grounds for treating the parliamentary pension differently.