To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual amount in sterling of the pension paid under the Gurkha pension scheme in each year from 1973 to 2000 to a retired Gurkha rifleman with 15 years' service who retired in 1973 aged 33; and what was the total paid out.
The annual amounts in sterling of the pension for a rifleman with 15 years' service who retired in 1973, regardless of age on discharge, are only available for the period 1996 to 2000 and are shown in the table below. Rates prior to this are not centrally held. However, estimates have previously been made for the period
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While these sums appear modest by United Kingdom standards, the fact remains that Gurkha pensions were designed for life in Nepal where they constituted a good income.
Recent calculations on the value of Gurkha pensions have shown that a Gurkha rifleman who retired in 1994 aged 33 would have received some £61,000 at 2009 prices by the age of 60 before a soldier of the same service and rank in the Armed Forces pension scheme received any pension at all.