Officers (Disability Retired Pay).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 18th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether the officers' wound pensions and disability retired pay are likely to be reduced in 1923, or whether those at present in receipt of them canrely on no reduction being made on the 1914 warrant?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The present rates of disability retired pay generally were fixed in accordance with the recommendations of the Select Committee on Pensions and are, by the provisions of the Royal Warrant, subject to re-adjustment in 1923 in accordance with the rise or fall in the cost of living. Retired pay where drawn concurrently with a wound pension, at the rate and subject to the conditions authorised by the Pay and Pension Warrant, 1914, is preserved by the provisions of the Royal Warrant of the 2nd July, 1920, as an irreducible minimum. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of this warrant, and I would invite his attention to Article 30A and the Fourth Schedule.

Photo of Captain Charles Loseby Captain Charles Loseby , Bradford East

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that the recommendations of this Select Committee in regard to the sliding scale ware not adopted by the Government, but were altered when the Bill was brought in?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I was asked for certain information, and I have answered the original question. The hon. and gallant Gentleman's question raises another point. Perhaps be will put down a question.