HC Deb 07 July 1992 vol 211 c169W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the present level of war disablement pension for each rank; and what plans he has to increase the level.

Miss Widdecombe

Information regarding levels of war disablement pension is contained in leaflet MPL 154, a copy of which is available in the Library. For ranks above private the levels include rank additions: for most war pensioners these represent only a few pence a week but several pounds for some officers.

In order to simplify the war pensions scheme and provide a better service, rank additions will be abolished from April 1993. To ensure that no individual war pensioner will lose out as a result of the abolition the basic war disablement pension will be increased by 84p a week for non-commissioned officers and £5 for most officers.