§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he intends to establish an executive agency for war pensioners.
§ Mr. Lilley
A new War Pensions Agency will be established on 1 April 1994. The agency will be responsible for the assessment and payment of war pensions, the war pensioners welfare service, and the Ilford Park Polish Home in Devon. I am pleased to be able to announce this fulfilment of the Government's election manifesto pledge.
The establishment of a separate agency for war pensions will lead to greater efficiency in the administration of these benefits and provide a higher quality service for war pensioners and war widows, in keeping with the citizens charter.
Recruitment of a chief executive is beginning immediately.