§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been directed to the case of George Elmslie, ex-sergeant of the Metropolitan Police, whose pension was reduced £1 19s. 6d. per annum, by reason of two 385 reports for misconduct in 23 years' service; and if the view expressed in February, 1887,That each offence of drunkenness should at the time receive such punishment as the Commissioner might consider it to deserve, hut that this punishment should carry with it no penal consequences with respect to pensions; unless the Commissioner recommended a reduction when he forwarded the applicatian for pension;and, having regard to the fact that George Elmslie's pension was recommended by the late Commissioner in January, 1888, when he was apparently under the notion that a former rulingThat every offence of drunkenness should be attended by a fixed deduction from pensionwas imperative, if it is possible to allow the full pension to which George Elmslie is entitled to be paid him?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS,) Birmingham, E.
I fear that it is not possible to re-open the question of pensions such as Elmslie's, which was granted nearly a year and a half ago. If my hon. Friend will confer with me I will point out to him the difficulties of the case.