HC Deb 25 March 1881 vol 259 c1935

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he will lay upon the Table of the House a Copy of the Instructions to the Committee on Naval and Greenwich Hospital Pensions; and, if it is intended to make similar inquiries into the system of granting pensions and gratuities to employés in the dockyards?


Sir, it would not be advisable to lay any Papers relating to the Pension Committee on the Table. It is a Departmental Committee of Inquiry appointed to inform the Lords of the Admiralty on questions of great importance, but questions on which, in the present stage of their knowledge, they have not decided whether any action can be taken or not. Two things they do know, that nothing will be done to affect the pension rights of anyone, man or boy, who is already in Her Majesty's service; and that the inquiry does not extend to the pensions and gratuities of existing employés in the Dockyards.