§ MR. C. J. DARLING (Deptford)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether some officers of Customs have, on superannuation, received a proportionate part of the value of their uniform in addition to the superannuation allowance calculated on their salaries; and whether such an allowance will be made to Mr. Giles Helyer, a retired outdoor officer of H. M. Customs?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir JOHN GORST, Cambridge University) (who replied)
The allowance of uniform clothing to principal coast officers of the second class, outdoor officers, and boatmen of the Customs has, since 11th January, 1892, been treated as a pensionable emolument, and the actual contract price of uniform clothing at the time of retirement of an officer of either of the above-mentioned grades has been included in the statement of his official income on which the amount of his pension is calculated. The concession made at the above date was not retrospective. Giles Helyer, formerly an outdoor officer of the Customs in London, retired on a pension in July, 313 1887, and did not, therefore, have the benefit of the addition of the cost price of his uniform clothing to his pension-able income.