HC Deb 15 October 1908 vol 194 cc444-5
COLONEL WARDE (Kent, Medway)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the disadvantages resulting from the present system of quarterly payment of pensions and deferred pay to the rank and file of the Army, they can in future be made weekly according to the system proposed in the case of old-age pensions.

MR. ESSEX (Gloucestershire, Cirencester)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether the Army Council has yet considered the possibility of paying Army pensions weekly through the post offices in the same way as old-age pensions; what would be the extra cost, if any, of carrying out such a proposal; and whether any circumstances exist in which it is at present possible to arrange for weekly instead of quarterly payments of pensions.

EARL WINTERTON (Sussex, Horsham)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, having regard to the obvious disadvantages connected with the payment of military pensions quarterly by the boards of guardians, he will consider the feasibility of introducing legislation to enable the pensions to be paid weekly by the old-age pensions committees.


To ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether his attention has been called to the fact that the pensions under the Old-Age Pensions Act are to be paid weekly; and whether he will give instructions for Array pensioners to receive their pensions also at such periods.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) In reply to these Questions I would refer the hon. Members to my reply to a similar Question put yesterday by my hon. friend the Member for the Isle of Wight Division of Hampshire.