HC Deb 05 December 1906 vol 166 c922
MR. YOXALL (Nottingham, W.)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether His Majesty's Government, in view of the hardship at present inflicted upon a deserving class of public servants by existing Treasury rules excluding early years of service in Government departments from reckoning for superannuation allowance, will amend the pension regulations so as to allow letter carriers, sorters, telegraphists, boy writers, boy clerks, and Customs and Inland Revenue officers to count service given by them between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one years as qualifying service for pension in all cases in which a certificate of fitness has been granted by the Civil Service Commissioners, and the service, in different grades, has been continuous.

(Answered by Mr. McKenna.) I cannot admit that any hardship is inflicted by the present practice, which is to allow temporary service, when followed by established service in the same capacity, to reckon for pension from the age of sixteen.