HC Deb 20 February 1890 vol 341 cc744-5

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, under the new rules regarding medical certificates and pensions, a man can still take up or put aside a medical certificate as suits him; for instance, whether Mr. Clifford Lloyd, who got a medical certificate of incapacity after service in Ireland, but instead of using it accepted other employment, and was allowed to go back upon his medical certificate and get a pension when he desired to do so, having now again been employed by the Foreign Office, drops his claim to a medical pension and will have to make fresh application with fresh certificate if he desires to return to the position of an incapacitated pensioner?


No; neither under the new nor the old rules could a man take up or put aside a medical certificate as suited him. If the health of a civil servant is sufficiently restored to permit of his re-employment, it is the duty of the Government to appoint him to the first available vacant office for which he is qualified, and thus to save the whole or a part of his pension. If the second office is of not has value than the first the pension ceases altogether. If it is of less value, only so much of the pension is paid as makes equal the value of the two offices. Mr. Clifford Lloyd has been appointed to an office in the permanent Civil Service of equal value to that from which he was formerly retired on a medical certificate. He can only again become entitled to any retired allowance—(1) By serving until he has completed 60 years of age; (2) or on the production of a further medical certificate that he has become incapable from infirmity of discharging the duties of his office; (3) by the abolition of his office.