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MPs to debate petition on Gurkha pensions

17 November 2021

On Monday 22 November, MPs will debate a petition relating to Gurkha pensions.

Jonathan Gullis MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.

We demand that the Gurkhas receive equal pensions

The petition, which has more than 106,000 signatures, states: “We are demanding that the government treats Gurkhas fairly and pays them the same pension as other British veterans of the same rank and service. Many Gurkhas joined the Queen’s Gurkha Army believing their pension would sustain them and their families but sadly this has not been the case.”

In response to the petition, provided on 19 August 2021, the Government said: “For most Gurkha veterans the Gurkha Pension Scheme provides a pension at least as good as, and in many cases better than, that given to their British counterparts with identical periods of service.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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