§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of bringing the pensions of those who retired from the armed services between 1976 and 1978 into line with those who have retired since; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
Pensions currently in issue to retired members of the armed forces vary with each year of retirement as a result of periodic changes in rates of pay and annual adjustments under index-linking arrangements. There is, therefore, no satisfactory basis for making the estimate requested.