§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will establish a minimum level of service pension for each rank and period of service.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
No. The rank held, the length of reckonable service given, and the circumstances under which service is terminated are all factors which are taken into account in determining retired pay and pensions. Once in issue retired pay or pensions are protected against the effects of inflation through index-linking arrangements.