HC Deb 28 May 1891 vol 353 cc1180-1
MR. R. SPENCER (Northampton, Mid)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether a man at the end of 21 years' service, if this period is made up of some years of Army service and some on Reserve, is entitled to a pension of 10d. a day; and whether the pension claimed by William Nolan, of Roade (late of Floore), in Northamptonshire, has been withheld from him; and, if so, for what reason?


Service in the present Reserve does not count towards pension unless the Reservist be recalled to active duty; but service for two years in the Army Reserve created by the Act of 1859 did count as one year towards the 21 years' service required to qualify a private for the maximum pension of 10d. a day. William Nolan would have earned pension under this rule; but from 1857 to 1889 he was employed as a labourer in the Ordnance Store Department, for which service he was awarded a superannuation of £26 8s. 4d. a year, instead of the smaller pension of £15 4s. 2d. which he might have had for his Army service; and, of course, he cannot draw both pensions.