HC Deb 06 May 1994 vol 242 cc690-1W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the current level of a full war pension; how many and what percentage of (i) men and (ii) women are currently in receipt of(a) the full war pension and (b) a reduced war pension; how many reviews of war pensions took place in the past five years; and how many war pensions were upgraded and downgraded as a result.

Mr. Hague

The available information is as followsFrom week commencing 11 April 1994 the weekly rate of War Disablement Pension payable to a person assessed as 100 per cent. disabled, is f98.90 per week. The amount payable may be increased where there is entitlement to additional allowances or supplements, eg. in respect of age, mobility or attendance requirements. As of 31 March 1994, there were an estimated 245,445 War Disablement Pensions in payment; of these 13,648 (5.6 per cent.) were to 100 per cent. disabled pensioners, and 231,797 (94–4 per cent.) to pensioners with lesser disablement. 295,166 reviews of War Disablement Pensions have taken place from April 1989 to March 1994 and, as a result, 59,065 of these were upgraded and 588 were downgraded.