§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the disability under which shipwrights employed in the Royal dockyards suffer as regards pensions; whether he is aware that in the case of a man serving, say, thirty-four years and eight months he receives a pensionable allowance for the thirty-four years only, and that no consideration whatever is given for the odd months; is it the settled policy of the Admiralty to count only completed years of service; and, if so, will he consider the equity of returning to the man, on receiving his discharge, the sum deducted from his wages for superannuation purposes during the months over the completion of years period?
§ Mr. McKENNA
Pensions of established shipwrights who are Civil servants are awarded by the Treasury, under Section II. of the Superannuation Act of 1859, and can only be assessed on completed years of service. There is no statutory power under which either a portion of a year could be reckoned for that purpose or the difference between the established and hired scales of wages for such a period be returned.