HC Deb 13 December 1988 vol 143 c498W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if pensioners who served in the colonial service are now able to count in full their war service towards their pension years.

Mr. Chris Patten

The rules governing eligibility for war service credit for colonial pensioners are still being worked out, but they will relate as closely as possible to those which apply to other public servants. One of the basic provisions of all other public service schemes is that war service immediately prior to appointment attracts benefits at half-rate.

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