asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, Whether the Admiralty is now prepared to grant the Greenwich Hospital age pension of 5d. per diem to all qualified Naval pensioners on their attaining the age of 55 years; and, if not, upon what principle the selection is to be made from amongst those qualified persons who have attained that age?
§ MR. T. BRASSEY,
in reply, said, the number of Greenwich age pensions was limited to 7,500 by Order in Council of the 29th of June, 1878, and that number would not suffice to give the age pension to every pensioner on attaining the age of 55. In awarding these pensions, the seaman's health, his ability to contribute to his own support, and the number of persons dependent upon him were taken into account. By the same Order in Council it was enacted that seamen in receipt of a naval pension of half-a-crown a day should not have the age pension in addition.