§ 50. Mr. EDWARDS
asked the Home Secretary the number of police officers discharged under the age limit in 1932 and 1933, both in the Metropolitan and provincial services; the average age on discharge; and the average pension paid?
§ Mr. HACKING
I presume that the hon. Member refers to retirements on reaching the age at which retirement is compulsory. In the Metropolitan Police there were two such retirements in 1932: the average age was 57½ and average pension £290 19s. a year. In 1933, one chief inspector retired under the age limit laid down in the Police Pensions Act, 1921, and nine superintendents or chief inspectors retired under the special measures instituted with my right hon. Friend's approval with regard to retirement from those ranks at the age of 50 and 47 respectively. In those 10 cases 1589 the average age was 53.7 years and the average pension £388 1s. 6d. a year. I regret that I am not able to give the information asked for with respect to the county and borough forces.