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CONDUCT OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY AND WAR PENSIONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 319A1: tabled on 16 December 1996

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Liz Lynne on 05 December 1996. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

delete from `House to end and add `notes that details of all the measures, to simplify war pensions were sent out on Budget Day to all members of the Central Advisory Committee on War Pensions, including the Labour and Liberal representatives on that committee, Alan Meale MP and Lord Mackie, neither of whom expressed any concerns nor thought it necessary to attend the meeting of the Central Advisory Council to discuss these matters on Thursday 5 December; and notes that in a press release on Friday 6 December the British Legion said, "there is nothing induly confrontational in the paper to cause concern among the ex-service organisations at this stage."

Original motion text

That this House believes that the decision not to outline the specific changes to war pensions at the time of the Budget is an insult to Parliament and to the freedoms which war veterans secured for this nation; and believes that if the Chief Secretary to the Treasury was responsible for covering up the full extent of the cuts he should resign; notes with grave concern that the proposed package of cuts in war pensions will stop 10,000 people a year whose hearing has deteriorated following military service receiving a higher disability pension and to stop the issue of reminders to people to return their claim or seek an increase in entitlement; and believes that such a package is clearly not a measure merely to 'simplify policy and procedures' as claimed in a Budget press release, but instead a cynical attempt to cut social security expenditure at the expense of war veterans and widows who have made immense sacrifices for this nation.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.