We really must give thanks for any benefits we receive, and I would remind my hon. Friend that this Bill was designed for the purpose of supplementing the pensions of existing pensioners of the public service, that it affects civil servants, teachers, local authority staff, policemen and firemen, to name the chief categories, although there are others also affected, and that the increases proposed are considerable. The Bill, as part of the general Budget plan, is designed to give what help it can in this sphere.
Is it intended to give increases in retired pay and pensions to ex-Service officers? Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that they represent a very deserving section of the community who, unfortunately, possess very small political bargaining power?