Oral Answers to Questions — Army and Navy Pensioners.

– in the House of Commons on 13th February 1919.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

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asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the hardships suffered by the old Army and Navy pensioners who were pensioned on the old rates of pension previous to 1914; and whether he will consider some substantial increase to these pensions so as to enable many of those men who are elderly men and depending of their pensions to meet the increased cost of living?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

My right lion. Friend has asked me to answer this question. So far as Army "campaign" pensioners are concerned (men over sixty-five coming under Article 1170 of the Pay Warrant) an increase corresponding to that given to old age pensioners has already been given. The question of a general increase of small pensions cannot be confined to Army and Navy.

Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

The quantity is a dwindling quantity, and many of them if they do not have their pensions increased will have to appeal to the Poor Law. Could not these pool men have some small increase to prevent them going to the workhouse?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I have said nothing inconsistent with that.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

Will the right hon. Gentleman, as the official representative of old soldiers, represent these facts to the Treasury? Is the right hon. Gentleman not prepared to take the matter up?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I was meditating whether it was necessary, seeing that the Noble Lord's intervention has already ventilated it to some extent.