§ 24. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the average period of service which an ordinary policeman has to serve to obtain a pension, assuming that he entered the force at the minimum age; what age would such a man be when he retired; and what pension would he obtain?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Clynes)
As the answer is long and involved, I will circulate it with the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer:
§ A constable can retire on pension after 25 years' approved service. Most constables will then be from 46–48 years of age. In the case of constables retiring now, the pension on retirement after 25 years' approved service is approximately £153 per annum, and the maximum pension, reached after 26 years' service, is approximately £164 per annum. Men who have joined the force since June, 1919, come under the new scale of pensions introduced by the Police Pensions Act, 1921, and in their case the pension on retirement after 25 years' service will be approximately £123 per annum, and 30 years' service will be required to qualify for the maximum pension of £164 per annum. The pensions of members of the higher ranks vary, of course, with the scale of pay for the rank.