§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to complaints that a restrictive limit of compensation was withheld from the knowledge of Officers of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers when they were invited to retire under the Royal Warrants of 1881 and 1884; whether the principle of actuarial calculation has been applied to all cases of 324 Regimental full Colonels of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers, and also to the cases of Lieutenant Colonels, Royal Engineers, subsequent to that of Lieutenant Colonel E. M. Lloyd; whether a Treasury Minute, or a Departmental Ruling, of September, 1882, has been applied to the cases of those Lieutenant Colonels, Royal Engineers, who retired under the above Warrant, from Lieutenant Colonel E. R. James to the case of Lieutenant E. B. Mainguy, thereby reducing their life annuities for loss sustained under Warrants of a later date than 1872, to £150 a year, instead of granting them the compensation they were entitled to on actuarial calculations, as stipulated by the Warrant; and, whether he will lay such Minute or Ruling upon the Table?
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE, Lincolnshire, Horncastle)
I am afraid that I cannot give the hon. Gentleman the information he desires upon this particular point.