§ MR. MAINS (Donegal, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, in superannuating lighthouse keepers, their services as mechanics prior to their appointment as lighthouse keepers were included; whether this practice was first discontinued in the case of William Callaghan; and, if such is the case, will his application for pension on his full period of service be favourably re-considered?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA, Sheffield, Brightside)
The Rule of the Service in superannuating lighthouse keepers is that their services as mechanics prior to their appointment as lighthouse keepers are not included, if their appointment as lighthouse keepers was subsequent to the year 1853. William Callaghan was not appointed a lighthouse keeper till 1859. This is not the first case in which this Rule has been applied.