§ Mr. Latham
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the number of retired members of the former British Mandate Palestine Police Force currently in receipt of pensions from Her Majesty's Government; how many widows of former Palestine policemen are receiving a pension; what is the current level of such widow's pension; and what steps have been taken to maintain its level.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
There are at present 700 overseas officers and 747 local officers in receipt of a Palestine pension. The number who served in the police force could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Seven widows of former Palestine policemen are in receipt of a pension. The current level of these pensions ranges from £367 to £1,928; they are uprated in accordance with the provisions of the United Kingdom pension increase legislation.