HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 c2352

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Bight Honourable Lord George Hamilton, who is in receipt of an ex-Cabinet Minister's pension of £2,000 a year, is a director of the Bank of Australasia, of the Metropolitan District Railway, joint deputy-chairman of the Phoenix Assurance Company, Limited, and deputy-chairman of the Central London Railway; and whether, in these circumstances, he will invite the Noble Lord to make a new statutory declaration as to his means?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, as explained in a written answer which I am circulating to-day in reply to another question by the hon. Member on this subject [OFFICIAL REPORT, cols. 2364–2365], Lord George Hamilton has asked that payment of his pension may be discontinued as from the 6th of next month.


Will the right hon. Gentleman take proceedings to inquire as to the means that have been available for the Noble Lord during the years he has been receiving this pension, such as he would take in the case of an old-age pensioner, and will he prosecute the Noble Lord if he has been getting money under false pretences?