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Tuesday, 16 October 1956


That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to provide £51,000,000 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the payment of war pensions. It is necessary to submit a measure of this nature to the Parliament from time to time for the purpose of appropriating from revenue an amount for payment into a trust account to enable pensions to be paid in accordance with such rates as are approved by Parliament. The balance of the amount of £48,000,000 appropriated last budget session is sufficient only to meet payments to the end of this month.

The bill has no relation whatsoever to the rates or conditions under which pensions are paid. It merely authorizes the provision of funds for the trust account from which war pensions are paid. I commend the bill to honorable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Pollard) adjourned.

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