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Wednesday, 9 July 1930

The estimated expenditure on war pensions in 1930-31 is £7,957,000, as compared with £7,897,289 in 1929-30. It will thus be seen that the peak period for war pensions has not yet been reached, though it was generally considered that 1930 would be the peak year. It is estimated that the number of pensioners will increase from 278,318 on 31st May, 1930, to 284,000 on 30th June, 1931, owing chiefly to the increasing number of pensioned wives and children and to pensions granted by the Appeal Tribunals. General repatriation expenses are expected to increase from £1,044,000 in 1929-30 to £1,125,314 in 1930-31. These figures represent the net expenditure, after allowing for repayments of loans and other miscellaneous receipts.

Excluding war pensions, the principal items in the gross expenditure for 1930-31 may be compared with those for 1925-26 as under : -


It will be seen that the cost of administration has decreased by £9,336, but the benefits to ex-soldiers and their dependants have increased by £249,054.

Despite the lapse of time since the conclusion of the war, repatriation expenditure continues to grow.

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