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Armed Forces: Pensions

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of extending pro rata services pensions to all those who served in the armed forces, including those who served before 1975. (155780)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the then Minister for the Armed Forces during an adjournment debate on 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 337-40, which clearly set out the legislation and policy background to the issue. The situation has not changed and there is no real prospect that this or any Government could afford the billions of pounds that would be needed to address public sector pensions legacy issues.