HC Deb 17 December 1919 vol 123 cc382-3
11. Mr. HOHLER

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will state the principle upon which an established man, aged sixty, in His Majesty's dockyards, on being discharged to pension at the present time, should calculate the pension to which he is entitled; and, particularly, to what extra allowance to his pension he is entitled in respect of war bonus and the increased cost of living?


As the reply is a long on, I will, with my hon. and learned Friend's permission, circulate the answer in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The following is the Answer referred to:

Ordinarily, an established man's pension is assessed at the rate of one-eightieth of This substantive pay in respect of each complete year's established service. At present, in addition, to meet the increased cost of living, provided a man's emoluments do not exceed £300 per annum, and he has been in receipt of war bonus, an addition of 25 per cent. of his pay, or of.£26, whichever may be the greater, is made to his substantive pay, subject to the condition that in no case may the addition to substantive pay so made, exceed the actual amount of war bonus that the man received. This addition is taken into consideration in assessing pension.

He would also be granted a gratuity equal to one-thirtieth of the same emoluments in respect of each complete year's service, plus ½per cent. for each year of established service prior to the passing of the Superannuation Act of 1909. If he had not elected to accept the terms of the Superannuation Act, 1909, the pension would be based upon sixtieths instead of eightieths; but no gratuity would be awarded.

If the man had, during the last three years, been promoted or received an increase of pay other than an increment or increments on a scale of wages the pension would be calculated upon average wages during that period, plus average war bonus, subject to the latter not exceeding 25 per cent. of wages, or £26, whichever may be the greater.