HC Deb 08 February 1881 vol 258 c339

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether a Naval Pensioner, being in receipt of less than two shillings a clay pension, is debarred from receiving the Greenwich Ago Pension by reason of his being in Government or in private employ?


Sir, the number of applicants for Greenwich age pensions so far exceeds the authorized number of 7,500 that it is necessary to impose certain restrictions. In selecting candidates, the circumstances of each case are considered, and all persons in receipt of adequate wages from the Government or private employers, or who are otherwise able to maintain themselves, are excluded. The regulations established by the late Government, and approved by the present Board, have enabled the Admiralty to increase the number of necessitous seamen in receipt of the Greenwich age pension from 5,000 to 7,500.