HC Deb 24 March 1938 vol 333 c1375
61. Major Harvie Watt

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that Mrs. L. L. Bowers, of 9, Lyric Road, Barnes, S.W. 13, was retired from the Ministry of Labour in September, 1937, without pension and after more than 20 years Government service, and is entirely dependent upon the old age pension; and, in view of the fact that the Treasury has the power to allow the counting of temporary service for pension purposes, will he agree to allow Mrs. Bowers's temporary service to be counted to enable her to obtain a pension?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

This officer was awarded on retirement the maximum gratuity for which, as an unestablished officer, she was eligible under the Superannuation Acts. As regards the last part of the question, my hon. and gallant Friend is under a misapprehension. The Treasury have no power under the Superannuation Acts to reckon temporary service for pension unless it is followed by established service.