HC Deb 30 November 1922 vol 159 cc866-7
64. Mr. HAYDAY

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is any rule in the Government service which permits persons retired on pension for service in one Department from taking whole-time posts in other civil Departments; and whether there are in the Ministries of Pensions and Labour cases in which persons with service pensions up to £l,000 a year are receiving salaries of between £500 and £1,000 a year?


The suspension or abatement of a pension awarded under the Civil Superannuation Acts in the event of the pensioner being re-employed in an office in a public Department is dealt with by Section 20 of the Superannuation Act, 1834, to which I may refer the hon. Member. A retired officer of the Army, Navy or Air Force re-employed in a civil capacity is not normally subject to suspension or abatement of his retired pay, which is, of course, awarded under conditions quite different from those applicable to civil pensions. I am not aware of the employment in the Ministry of Labour of any officer with a service pension approximating to £l,000 per annum, tout I understand that a number of retired senior officers of His Majesty's forces with considerable service pensions are employed in the Ministry of Pensions in posts for which their qualifications and experience render them peculiarly suitable.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there are any in receipt of Civil Service pensions employed at full rates in either of the other Departments?


I should doubt that, but if the hon. Member will put a question down, I will look into it.