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Indian Army (Pensions)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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105.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India when the complete terms of pension or gratuity will be published for those British officers of the present Indian army who do not elect to transfer to British service when the new Indian constitution is formed or for whom there are no vacancies in the British service.

I would refer the hon. Member to the terms of Compensation laid down in the recent White Paper (Cmd. 7116). Pensions for British officers of the Indian Army who are now covered by the new British pension code are already settled. But as regards other categories, certain points require and are receiving further consideration; and it is hoped that it will be possible to make an announcement in the near future.

106.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, in the case of those British officers of the Indian army who transfer to British service, the Indian element of pension already earned will count towards increase in pension under British service rates of pension.

Previous, service in the Indian Army will reckon towards ultimate retired pay under the British code. It is the intention that, in addition to any such retired pay, these officers should receive the benefit of the Indian element of pension earned by the time of transfer.