asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is prepared to reconsider the position of the many ex-Servicemen of the last war who have been employed in the Civil Service for long periods, but who, on retirement, will be debarred from receiving any pension despite the length of their Civil Service, because, when the time arrived for them to be considered for establishment, they were over 50 years of age?
As my hon. Friend is aware, this question has been considered on numerous occasions over a period of years. I am afraid that I cannot see my may to re-open the matter.
Does the Chancellor really think it reasonable, when Civil servants have served for a long period, that they shall be debarred from receiving their just pensions by the accident of the circumstance that they were over 50 years of age when they were established? Will he not reconsider this again, even though it has been under consideration for years?
The hon. Member knows as much about this as anybody. It has been considered by many Chancellors and many Governments, and I think that as much has been done as can be done.