HC Deb 23 May 1856 vol 142 c595

said, it was understood some time last year that a negotiation was in progress between Dr. Southwood Smith and the Treasury, whereby, instead of Dr. Southwood Smith receiving £1,200 compensation for the loss of his office, he should receive £300 a year pension. Under the head of Civil Contingencies for this year there was a charge of £300 to Dr. Smith, and he wished to know whether that was part of the pension?


said, it was originally intended not to give a pension to Dr. Smith, but, upon the case being again brought before the Government, it was finally decided that Parliament should be asked to grant a pension of £300 a year. There was no provision for the payment of it last year. It was thought hard to make Dr. Smith go without it another year, and the £300 paid out of Civil Contingencies was by way of advance.