§ 30. Mr. KELLY
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that Mr. J. Thoms, who was employed by the Office of Works as a ganger in Hyde Park, has been refused the privilege of counting, for the purpose of gratuity payable on retirement from the Service, his regular Sunday duty pay, which had extended continuously for a period of 32 years; whether, in view of the fact that Section 4 of the Superannuation Act, 1887, provides for the payment of a compassionate gratuity not exceeding one pound or one week's pay, whichever is the greater, for each year of his service, he will make inquiries into the case, with a view to the provisions 1166 of the Act being allowed in this case; and if instructions will be issued that in future all regular and continuous payments for work performed over a period of years are to be calculated in the one week's pay for gratuity and pension purposes, in accordance with the Superannuation Act?
§ Mr. McNEILL
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (on behalf of the First Commissioner of Works) to the hon. Member for Edge. Hill (Mr. Hayes) on the 9th November last. I am not prepared to alter the rule referred to in that answer.