Meritorious Service Medal (Annuity)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Captain Charles Smith Captain Charles Smith , Colchester 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Secretary of State for War at what date the sum of £10 was fixed for the annuity associated with the Meritorious Service Medal; and what steps are proposed to bring the sum into relation with the changes in the cost of living since then.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

The maximum of £10 was fixed by Royal Warrant in November 1920. Subject to certain conditions the annuities may be increased under the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Warrants, 1944 and 1947.

Photo of Captain Charles Smith Captain Charles Smith , Colchester

Can the Secretary of State for War say what increase there can be in the standard rate of £10?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Subject to means, we can add another £4, but it must be understood that this is not regarded as maintenance; it is merely a grant to deserving old soldiers. Maintenance is provided out of social insurance legislation.