HC Deb 03 February 1908 vol 183 cc497-8
MR. B. S. STRAUS (Tower Hamlets, Mile End)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether anything has been done in regard to the recommendation of Sir Edward Ward's Committee, which reported in February, 1906, that early steps should be taken to obtain fresh legislation to remedy the legitimate grievances of naval and military men in the Civil Service; and whether, if nothing has been done, he will consider the question as soon as possible.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The recommendation to which the hon. Member refers is, presumably, that containing in Sections 43 and 44 of the Committee's Report, that service in the Army and Navy of a satisfactory character which has not earned pension should reckon towards superannuation in the case of men appointed to established position in the Civil Service. The recommendation has been considered, and it has been decided not to propose legislation to give effect to it. The naval and military services have their own conditions for pensions, which are not affected by the fact of subsequent civil employment to which different conditions attach.