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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr BECK - In the absence of the Minister for Social Services, I ask the Prime Minister whether, since it is the Government's intention to increase the rate of the invalid and old-age pensions and, I presume, still allow such pensions to be subject to cost-of-living adjustment, he does not consider that the pensions payable to returned soldiers, who defended their country in 1914-18, should also be increased and made subject to cost-of-living adjustment? If not, why does the Government differentiate between returned soldiers and invalid and old-age pensioners?

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