HC Deb 23 April 1891 vol 352 cc1161-2
MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)

I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether his attention has been called to the case of a man named George Wild, lately employed in Kew Gardens, who was discharged last year after 40 years' public service, and who is quite blind, and, it is stated, is " starving about the streets of Richmond; " and whether this man received any pension; and; if not, will he explain why?


I am informed by the Directors at Kew that George Wild was discharged from Kew Gardens in February, 1890, and received, in accordance with the regulations in force at that time, a gratuity of £35 4s., and that from inquiries which he has made he learns that Wild is not quite blind; that his wife is employed as cloak-room attendant in Kew Gardens at 9s. 4d. a week; that he has a grown-up son, and a well-furnished house, and cannot be said to be starving about the streets of Richmond. I shall, however, inquire further into the case.


Is it true that Wild had been for 40 years in the public service?


I am aware that he had had a very long public service, and that he received a gratuity on his discharge.