§ Mr. Paul Dean
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he intends to make in Armed Forces pensions in 1976–77.
§ Mr. Judd
The Armed Forces Pension Scheme has in recent years undergone a major review, and changes resulting from the final stage of this review were introduced on 1st April 1975. As a result, members of the Armed Forces now have a first-class modern superannuation scheme as a part of their conditions of service and there is no need for it to undergo any further substantial change in the near future. Some adjustments may however be necessary to ensure that the Service pension arrangements keep in line with the State pension scheme when the provisions of the Social Security Pensions Bill become law.