HC Deb 08 September 1893 vol 17 c655
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether County Councils are entitled under the existing law to apply rates to the payment of pensions or grants?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. B. BALFOUR,) Clackmannan, &c.

If I were to answer my hon. Friend's question in general terms, my reply would be in the negative, unless where such pensions are permitted by Statute; but if I were asked whether a County Council may, under special circumstances, and as part of an arrangement for the retirement of a deserving servant, make to him a superannuation allowance, I cannot say that this would be necessarily illegal.