§ MR. E. J. C. MORTON (Devonport)
I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the money granted by the Treasury during the present Session for the payment of additional Greenwich age pensions is insufficient to supply these pensions to all who are entitled to them; whether he can state bow many there are who are entitled to these pensions, but who are not in receipt of them; and whether the Admiralty will take steps to bestow Greenwich age pensions on all who are entitled to them?
§ MR. E. ROBERTSON
(1) Yes; it is known that the additional £16,000 a year voted is insufficient to make the award in every eligible case. The Select Committee appointed to inquire into the question of the funds available for this purpose, reported as follows, page vii, paragraph 23: —Your Committee consider it probable that, if the additional sources of revenue which they recommend should be added to the funds of the Hospital, age pensions can be provided for the greater number, and the most deserving of the Naval Pensioners not already in receipt of age pensions, who joined the Navy before 1878.(2) About 600 are eligible. (3) No funds exist from which the amount necessary for this purpose could be drawn.