§ 57. Mr. SHEPHERD
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the aver- 272 age duration of State pensions to, and the average age at retirement of, police (based upon Metropolitan figures), blind persons, civil servants, teachers (men), teachers (women), sailors (ratings service pensions), and soldiers (service pensions)?
As the answer contains a number of figures, perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the reply:
§ The following are the approximate figures, so far as they can be ascertained:
|Service||Average Age in Retirement||Average Duration of Pension|
|Police(based upon Metropolitan Police figures only).||47½||20|
|Blind persons||not applicable||not available.|
|Teachers (men)||61||not available.|
|Sailors (ratings Service Pensions).||43||23|
|Soldiers (Service Pensions).||40||25|
§ Blind persons may apply for pensions on attaining the age of 50. There has not yet been sufficient experience to enable the average duration of teachers' pensions under the Acts of 1918 and 1925 or of pensions to blind persons to be determined.