HC Deb 09 April 1935 vol 300 cc978-9

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of civil servants drawing salaries between £1,000 and £1,500 a year, £1,500 and £2,000 a year, £2,000 and £2,500 a year, and £2,500 and £3,000 a, year; and the corresponding figures for 1913?


I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table giving the figures as at the 1st April, 1934, the latest date for which information is available. I regret that comparable figures for the year 1913 are not available.

Following is the table:

NUMBER of Civil Servants in receipt of remuneration within the ranges indicated, as at 1st April, 1934.
£1,000 per annum but less than£1,500 per annum 1,795
£1,500 per annum but less than£2,000 per annum 309
£2,000 per annum but less than£2,500 per annum 30
£2,500 per annum but less than£3,000 per annum 22
57. Mr. SANDYS

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his Department will give favourable consideration to the question of making the consolidation of bonus and salary at 55 retrospective in the case of all those pensioners who retired prior to 1st July, 1931, and who only received 75 per cent. of the bonus in the assessment of their retiring gratuities?


The pensions in question, namely, those awarded under the Treasury Minute of 20th March, 1922, to civil servants who were in receipt of cost-of-living bonus and who retired before 1st September, 1931, have already been re-assessed as from 1st July, 1934, at a rate appropriate to a cost-of-living figure of 55. The additional lump sum gratuities awarded to these pensioners are in a different category. They consisted, in the case of each pensioner, of a single non-recurring payment at the date of retirement, and were awarded and paid on a non-reviewable basis. The 1922 Minute, the terms of which were agreed with the staff side of the National Whitley Council, specifically provided that 75 per cent. of the bonus should continue to be reckoned in calculating the award, and I am not prepared to re-open this question.


Will my hon. Friend consider the vast mass of people who get neither retiring gratuities nor pensions?