HC Deb 02 December 1941 vol 376 cc1005-6
49. Sir A. Southby

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many officers and men, who have retired from the Fighting Services, are solely dependent upon their pensions; that these pensions have now been seriously depleted by the rise in taxation and increased cost of living, resulting, in many cases, in hardship to the pensioners and their dependants; and whether he will consider the restoration of the 9½ per cent. cut made in these pensions when they were stabilised owing to the fall in the cost of living?

Sir K. Wood

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on 30th September to my hon. Friend the Member for Abingdon (Sir R. Glyn).

Sir A. Southby

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that many of these pensioners have no other means of livelihood than their depleted pensions; and will he reconsider their cases, as they are suffering very great hardship?

Sir K. Wood

I appreciate that; but my hon. and gallant Friend, in his turn, will appreciate that I have done a great deal to help those people by the policy of stabilisation.