Below is the text of Mr Major’s Parliamentary written question on Officers (Pensions), published on 17th December 1979.
Mr. Major asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the result of his review of the anomalous position still prevailing in respect of the retired pay of officers of the Armed Forces under the provisions of the 1976 and 1977 pension codes; and whether any increase will be backdated.
Mr. Speed The review which the Government have been undertaking relates to all the public service pension schemes, which includes local government, teachers, doctors, nurses, policemen, firemen and civil servants as well as the Armed Forces.
The Government will be making a comprehensive statement shortly.