HC Deb 15 July 1909 vol 7 c2284

asked the Postmaster-General whether the payment of £5 out of the Rowland Hill Benevolent Fund to the widow of the late John Egan, postman, at Clonaslee, Queen's County, is to relieve the Department from all obligation to make a grant to Mrs. Egan, more particularly as she has a family of five small children wholly unprovided for, and that her late husband served the Post Office faithfully and with an unblemished record for 26 years; and, under these circumstances, will he reconsider her case?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Sydney Buxton)

The Superannuation Acts at present make no provision for the widows of Civil servants. The Bill now before the House will, however, make such provision. There is, I regret to say, no fund at my disposal out of which an official grant could be made to Mrs. Egan. Grants made by the trustees of the Rowland Hill Benevolent Fund do not prejudice the claims of Post Office servants to grants from official funds.