§ MR. THORNTON (Clapham)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury if, in view of the fact that, prior to the Order in Council of 29th November, 1898, compulsory retirement at sixty-five applied only to Civil servants drawing, or placed on scales of, salaries in excess of second division clerks, officers who entered the service anterior to that date, 29th November, 1898, and compelled to retire at sixty on pensions loss than a third of their retiring salary, can be allowed the relief extended by Treasury Minute, dated 30th March, 1892, which grants a gratuity, not exceeding one year's salary, to those compulsorily retired at sixty-five whose pensions are less than one-half of their final salary
(Answered by Mr. Victor Cavendish.) I am unable to adopt the alteration suggested by my hon. friend.