Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on War Pensions on 18th June 1986.
Mr. Alfred Morris Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by what percentage the war pensions budget has been reduced in each of the last five years due to the deaths of war pensioners and war widows; and if he has made any estimate of the likely reduction in 1986-
Mr. Major There have been no reductions in the war pensions budget over the last five years. Although the number of war pensioners and war widows has been decreasing -
On the assumptions underlying the 1986 public expenditure White Paper (Cmnd. 9702, Vol. II, part 3.15), expenditure on war pensions will be 2 per cent. higher in 1986-