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Preserved Pensions

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the cost of backdating armed forces preserved pensions before 1975; and if he will make a statement. (112117)

No specific estimate has been made of the cost of backdating armed forces preserved pensions before 1975. However, in view of the fact that this issue is common to other public service schemes, not just the armed forces, the cost, whether to the armed forces or more widely, would be considerable and could run into billions of pounds.