Roger Williams Attends Gurkha Lobby of Parliament

November 10, 2009 4:00 PM

Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire and Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, today attended a lobby of Parliament by members of the Gurkhas to support their campaign for fairer pensions

Speaking after the debate, Mr Williams said:

"The treasury claim that it would cost them £75m to provide pensions for Gurkha soldiers, yet if all Gurkhas were to take up the residency rights to which they are now entitled the cost would be up to £400m in benefits.

"The Treasury have a duty to pay fairer pensions to all Gurkhas and I was happy to be able to meet with a number of Gurkhas today to show my support.

"Brecon is home to the Mandalay Company and has a large Gurkha community who are well respected and, along with their families, welcomed into our communities"

NOTES:

Roger Williams has signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 1726 - Gurkha Pensions. The text of which can be found here.

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