HC Deb 21 April 1898 vol 56 cc779-80

Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed— That the Bill be now read a second time.

MR. E. J. C. MORTON (Devonport)

This Bill is one of great importance. The marines and sailors had at one time at their disposal large estates in Greenwich, and a considerable income from funds left under various conditions. They were actually deprived of these funds upon terms that they were to receive a pension over and above the pension of 5d. a day on reaching the age of 55. Certain funds were set aside for this purpose, but they were insufficient for the purpose, and many sailors and marines, who joined the Navy under the belief that they would receive this additional pension, were unable to get it. Under these circumstances, the matter was brought before the late Government, and we succeeded in getting, for the purpose of these pensions, £16,000 a year from the Consolidated Fund—

It being Twelve of the clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

Second Reading deferred.

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