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GURKHA PENSIONS AND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 434: tabled on 10 December 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 54 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House welcomes the settlement rights given to former Gurkha soldiers; notes that one serious inequality remains, as Gurkhas who served prior to 1997 still do not receive a fair and equal pension compared to their fellow Commonwealth soldiers; acknowledges that pre-1997 Gurkhas currently receive a pension worth approximately £2,150, which falls below the poverty line in the UK; understands that this has disillusioned many veterans, who now believe that UK residency is the only option to receive fair treatment financially; recognises that most Gurkhas in this minority would rather remain in Nepal; further notes that these veterans are entitled to claim up to £9,000 per annum in pension tax credit if they settle in the UK; further notes that this figure increases to approximately £20,000 if other welfare benefits are included; acknowledges that the Gurkhas are not demanding the backdating of any pension payments, but are calling for equal future pensions of approximately £5,000 per year; further acknowledges that the Ministry of Defence estimates the cost of future equal monthly pensions would cost £75 million a year compared to between £300 and £400 million a year to pay for the settlement policy in terms of welfare and healthcare provision on the basis that 10,000 to 15,000 applicants plus their dependants settle in the UK; understands that an equal and fair pension would create considerable cost saving for the government; and calls on the Government to consider giving all pre-1997 Gurkhas an equal and fair pension settlement.

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.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2010
Erith and Thamesmead
Baldry, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 16 December 2009
Banbury
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2009
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2009
South East Cornwall
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 December 2009
East Londonderry
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2010
North East Fife
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2010
North Ayrshire and Arran
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2010
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2010
Stockton North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2009
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Easington
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 5 January 2010
Blaenau Gwent
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 December 2009
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2009
Stroud
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2009
Hornsey and Wood Green
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2010
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 December 2009
Romsey
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2010
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2010
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 December 2009
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 December 2009
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 January 2010
Birmingham, Yardley
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 December 2009
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2010
Luton North
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2010
Barnsley Central
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2009
Manchester, Withington
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Hayes and Harlington
McIsaac, Shona
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Cleethorpes
Moore, Mr Michael
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2009
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Cardiff North
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 14 December 2009
Croydon Central
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2009
Hyndburn
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 December 2009
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 January 2010
Nottingham South
Spink, Bob
Independent
Signed on 14 December 2009
Castle Point
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Manchester, Blackley
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2010
East Dunbartonshire
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2009
Pudsey
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 15 December 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Maidstone and The Weald
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
Macclesfield
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2009
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.