HC Deb 08 June 1899 vol 72 cc657-8

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he can state whether the Return for the year ended the 31st March, 1898, of the Army and Navy officers permitted under Rule 2 of the regulations drawn up under Section 6 of the Superannuation Act of 1887 to hold civil employment of profit under public Departments contains a complete list of all officers so employed; and whether he is aware that Case 4, on pages 28 and 29 of the above-mentioned Return represents that of an officer whose retired pay is –450 a year, and emoluments of civil employment –500, who does not draw retired pay, who is consequently serving for –50 a year, and that the deductions made from this officer's salary, compared with the total amount received of effective and non-effective pay, amounts to 90 per cent.

MR. ANSTRUTHER (St. Andrews Burghs) (for Mr. HANBURY)

My right hon. friend has no reason to doubt the completeness of the Return in question. The lists, however, are not in the first instance compiled at the Treasury. The officer referred to in the second paragraph was appointed Naval Assistant to the Hydrographer while still on the active list. After being placed on the retired list, he was retained in his civil employment under the provisions of the Order in Council of 18th May, 1870, which necessarily precluded him from drawing retired pay. The case is not an ordinary instance of deduction, as the officer was in receipt of the same emoluments both before and after retirement.