HC Deb 13 April 1891 vol 352 c346

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is a fact that all who joined the Army under 18 years of age, and have been discharged to pension, as non-commissioned officers, under the Royal Warrant of July, 1881, and subsequent Royal Warrants, have lost pension by continuing to serve beyond 21 years; whether such loss is in accordance with those Royal Warrants; and if, on inquiry, he should find that they have so lost pension, and that such loss is not in accordance with the Royal Warrants, will he cause full and immediate redress to be made them?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE, Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

It is not the fact that any soldier has lost pension as a consequence of serving more than 21 years; nor would such loss be in accordance with Royal Warrant. If the hon. Member can state any case in which a noncommissioned officer has so lost or is supposed to have so lost pension, I will take steps to have it inquired into.