Oral Answers to Questions — British Subjects, Siamese Service (Pensions)

– in the House of Commons on 8th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that British subjects who have retired from Siamese service have had their pensions stopped; that the amount of pensions payable is £25,000 per annum and that there are frozen Siamese assets available in Great Britain for £15,000,000; and whether he will release sufficient money to pay the pensions of these people, many of whom were appointed under the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909, the American Government having already acted on these lines?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

This question has been carefully and sympathetically considered on a number of occasions, but I have been advised that His Majesty's Government have no power to adopt the course suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend.