§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty if he will explain why Naval pensioners who have reached the age of 55 have not received their augmentation, which they were led to expect, on leaving the service?
§ MR. E. ROBERTSON
The number of Greenwich age pensions which can be in force at one time is governed by the amount of money at the disposal of the Admiralty for that purpose. There is not sufficient to give an age pension to every man at the age of 55, although 10,100 of such pensions are being drawn, at a cost of £100,000 a year. I must demur to the hon. Member's statement that the men were led to expect that every one of them should receive the age pension at 55.