HC Deb 28 July 1898 vol 63 cc295-6
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it has been brought to his notice that police pensioners are not deriving the full benefit of the Police Superannuation Act of 1890 (in which it is clearly stated that pensions shall be computed on annual pay) through their pensions being calculated on 364 instead of on 365 days, whereby they lose the amount of one day's pension in each year; and whether he will take steps to rectify this grievance?


It is the case that in the Metropolitan Police, to which I assume the honourable Member alludes, the pension is calculated on 52 weeks' pay, and the fraction, of the week is disregarded; but it is not also the case that the men are not deriving the full benefit of the Act, inasmuch as fractional amounts are similarly disregarded to the advantage of the men in the contributions they make to their pension by way of rateable deductions, and the advantage they gain in this point more than counterbalances their loss in the other. There is no grievance, therefore, and I do not propose taking any action.