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Armed Forces: Retirement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 18125, tabled on 30 November 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has estimated the cost to the public purse of making payments to support military veterans who retired with fewer than 22 years' service before 5 April 1975.

Answered on

4 December 2015

No estimate has been made of the cost of resolving legacy pension issues although it would likely cost the tax-payer billions of pounds; the issue of pre-1975 pensions does not just affect the Armed Forces, but is common to all other public service schemes in existence prior to the Social Security Act 1973.