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Polish Ex-Soldiers (Pensions)

Volume 655: debated on Thursday 15 March 1962

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he will give the estimated cost of paying to Polish ex-regular soldiers, who fought in the Second World War and have since elected to remain in this country, military pensions on the same basis as those paid to British ex-soldiers.

None of the Polish ex-soldiers resident in this country has the service needed to qualify for a Service pension under the conditions which apply to British ex-soldiers. I cannot estimate the cost of awarding pensions based on service with the former Polish Government, because I have not complete records of that service.