§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take remedial action over disparities in rates of retired pay for service men who left in code years 1976 and 1977 and receive less than those who retired before and after those years.
§ Mr. Freeman
No. After considering the matter in 1979, the Government made it clear that measures to improve public service pensions affected by the previous Administration's income policy could not be given priority over the many other pressing claims on limited resources. That remains the position.