HC Deb 04 July 1923 vol 166 cc415-6

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that the practice of the Treasury in the case of re-employment of civil pensioners, where the pension is suspended on re-employment, is to base the ultimate pension on total service and emoluments at the time of final retirement; and whether he can apply this concession to His Majesty's Dockyard pensioners who were re-employed for short periods as hired men, during which their pensions were suspended?


There are no Regulations under which the further service of pensioners re-employed in a hired capacity can be reckoned for increase of the pensions formerly granted them on retirement. A concession of this nature would require the authority of an Act of Parliament amending the Superannuation Acts. The rule incorporated in those Acts precluding the counting of such subsequent hired service for additional pension is applicable in the case of all State pensioners and not merely to those pensioners who have served in His Majesty's Dockyards. The practice of the Treasury referred to is applicable only in the case of certain pensioners re-employed in an established capacity and is in operation in the Admiralty as well as in other Government Departments.