HC Deb 12 August 1907 vol 180 c790
Mr. BELLAIRS (Lynn Regis)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, having regard to the small expense involved, the Board will consider the advisability of placing the surviving Crimean veterans of the Navy on at least as good a footing as those of the Army; and, if this cannot be done from the charitable funds of Greenwich Hospital, whether it can be done by Order in Council.


It is not proposed to differentiate between men with war service in the Crimea, and others with equally meritorious service elsewhere. On the whole the Navy pension system is substantially more favourable to the men than the system in force in the Army.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the War Office has differentiated, and that the effect has been to put the men on an unequal footing? I can give him specific instances.


Any instances which the hon. Gentleman can give me I shall be glad to have considered.