§ SIR WILLIAM WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether Honorary Lieutenant Quilter was granted a pension of Rs.165 per mensem on retirement on 23rd March, 1891, and whether he would have received Rs.240 per mensem, on succeeding to Honorary Captain Ryan, if he had been permitted to count one more month of service for pension; whether his claim to the higher pension was strongly supported by the heads of his Department and recommended by the Government of India; whether Lieutenant Quilter took part in the 908 relief of Lucknow, and was rewarded with "boon" service of not less than one year on that account; and, whether, taking into consideration the fact that Lieutenant Quilter has received no benefit from his "boon" service, he will give effect to the recommendation of the Government of India?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. GEORGE RUSSELL,) North Beds
, answering in the absence of Mr. H. H. FOWLER: Lieutenant Quilter received the pension to which he was entitled by rank and length of service. It is true that the Government of India recommended an exceptional concession in his favour, but the Secretary of State in Council was unable to accept this suggestion, which appeared to him to be based on a misapprehension of the rules. The present Secretary of State sees no sufficient reason for disturbing his predecessor's decision.