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Volume 465: debated on Thursday 2 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether in making the new regulations dealing with police pensions recommended by the Oaksey Committee, he will remove the special anomalies affecting those who joined the Police Service between July, 1919, and 21st August, 1921.

The draft Police Pensions Regulations embodying the Oaksey Committee's recommendations have been laid before the House. Members of Police Forces who were serving on 28th August, 1921, the date on which the Police Pensions Act, 1921, came into force, were given certain specific safeguards by Section 29 of the Act, and these safeguards were maintained in the regulations under the 1948 Act. In order to meet the special position of these members of Police Forces, provision is made in the draft regulations whereby any member of a Police Force who was serving as such on 28th August, 1921, will be entitled to have his pension assessed on his actual pay and not on average pay if he is compelled by the operation of the age limit to retire within three years of the day when the regulations come into force.