asked the Home Secretary whether pre-War police pensioners who had their pensions increased by 50 per cent. have now had such reduced to 33½ per cent. above pre-War; and, if so, will he inquire whether any Standing Joint Committees have effected such a reduction under the plea of a reduction in the cost of living?
No change is being made as to the basis of assessment in the case of Metropolitan Police pensioners. I have no information as to the course which is being adopted by county and borough Police authorities. I may remind my hon. Friend that the amount of any grant is at the discretion of the Police authority, subject to the limits specified in the Pensions (Increase) Act, and I have no jurisdiction in the matter.