HC Deb 23 July 1879 vol 248 cc1098-9

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, If it be correct that the compulsory contributions of the seamen of the mercantile marine towards the Greenwich Hospital pension fund amounted at the close of the year 1834 to about £2,000,000; if he will be good enough to state how much of the said amount has been paid back in pensions or grants to the contributories, and also to their widows and children; and, if he is aware that seamen now in receipt of the Greenwich sixpence pension are debarred from receiving the pension legally due from the muster roll fund; and, if so, if he will adopt such measures as he may deem necessary, in conjunction with the President of the Board of Trade, in order that aged seamen so entitled may be paid both pensions?


, in reply, said, he had seen the Notice of the Question only within the last half-hour, and it was impossible for him to ascertain the facts since then. The administration of the fund, as the hon. Gentleman was well aware, had passed away from the Admiralty for many years, and they had really no knowledge of the circumstances to which the hon. Gentleman had called attention.