Public Service Pensioners

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th January 1965.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Palmer Mr Arthur Palmer , Bristol Central 12:00 am, 19th January 1965

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he proposes to bring in a new Pensions (Increase) Bill to improve the pensions of public service pensioners during the present Parliamentary session.

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

I have nothing to add to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Sir T. Beamish) on 1st December.

Photo of Mr Arthur Palmer Mr Arthur Palmer , Bristol Central

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that the need for a regular review of public service pensions is now a matter of some concern to the trade unions involved?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

Yes, indeed. The Government are bearing that in mind, which is why the matter is now under review.

Photo of Sir Rolf Williams Sir Rolf Williams , Exeter

Does not the hon. Gentleman know that many sections of the public service are absolutely seething at the way their pensions are being eroded by the inflation taking place under the present Government? Will he give immediate attention to rectifying this scandalous state of affairs?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

The Government have been in power a very short time. I cannot accept the implication of the hon. Gentleman's question. I am aware that he has been interested in this matter for a very long time and, quite properly, has been pursuing it for at least 13 years.