Major Richard Perkins served in the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment during and after the Second World War, and was a Chindit. He was medically discharged in 1959. He is now 91. Since 1959 tax was (incorrectly) deducted from his pension by the MOD. After a long battle over this, Major Perkins took his case to a Pension Appeal Tribunal which ruled that his disability was attributable to his military service and that the pension should therefore have been tax-free. The MOD has now refunded his back-tax, but has not recompensed him as promised by the then Minister of State Doug Henderson before Parliament on 8th June 1999 - compound interest on the money which they withheld and which he should have been able to spend all those years, coming to some Â£86,000 plus. The relevant extract from Hansard is below: ( Extracted directly from Hansard web-site, under Written Answers) : Pensions (Taxation) 8 Jun 1999 : Column: 213 Mr. Doug Henderson: The MOD is working closely with the Inland Revenue on the repayment of tax for the 179 Army pensioners identified as having had tax incorrectly deducted from their invalidity pension. The affected pensioners will all receive a full refund of the tax wrongly paid since their discharge, together with a repayment supplement reflecting the interest which might have been accrued on the amount of tax wrongly paid. His case has been supported by his MP, John Greenway, but no progress has been made. Having earlier been persuaded to wait developments, Major Perkins is now taking his protest to Parliament (Old Palace Yard) on 17 December 2008, from 1030 hrs to noon. He has authorisation to do this from the City of Westminster and the Metropolitan Police. He will be supported by the Chairman of the Royal Tigers' Association and it is hoped that others will also support him. Anybody is welcome to email or phone Major Richard Perkins ( 01751 417769) and refer to his website which includes the BBC's film broadcast on the 18th of May. Website www.mod-pensioninjustice.co.uk . I would be grateful if you could please circulate this , and ask anyone who is so minded to join Richard Perkins in Old Palace Yard on 17 December.