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Disabled Officers

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether in view of the increasing cost of living, he will now review officers' disablement pensions of the 1914–18 war.

The standard rates of disablement pension for officers of the 1914 war are the same as those for the 1939 war, and will be considered in connection with any general review of the war-pensions provisions for both wars.

Will the Minister bear in mind that owing to the increased cost of living many of these officers are suffering grave hardship, through no fault of their own?

That may be so, but officers have a higher standard rate than men in the ranks, and therefore we could not reconsider them without even more seriously reconsidering the others.