§ SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Post-master General, if the regulations of the Department admit of no superannuation for faithful servants grown too old for the service, and if there is no such fund provided by deduction from pay in younger days with Departmental aid applicable to the case of Michael Mally, who, after twenty-five years' service as postman between Tulla and Ballinahinch, County Clare, finds himself discharged by reason of advanced years with a grant of £5 only from the Rowland Bill Fund?
§ MR. HANBURY
In accordance with the Superannuation Acts, pensions or gratuities can be awarded to those only whose duties have required that their whole time should be given to the public service, and there is no fund provided by deduction from pay of Post Office servants such as the hon. Member describes. Michael Mally was not, it seems, required to give his whole time to the service, and was paid during his twenty-five years' service out of an allowance to the Postmaster to provide for a delivery of letters. It is feared, therefore, that his case will not come within the scope of the Acts, but some further inquiry is being made on the subject.