HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 cc300-1

Considered in Committee, under Standing Order No. 69.

[Colonel CLIFTON BROWN in the Chair.]

Motion made, and Question proposed, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the Government of India Act, 1935, and the Government of Burma Act, 1935, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of such sums as may be payable there from by reason of provisions, whether retrospective or not, which—

  1. (a) validate appointments to, or legalise increases or payments of salary in the case of persons on, the permanent establishment of the Secretary of State in Council or the staff of the Auditor of the accounts of the Secretary of State in Council, or
  2. (b) render a Civil Servant appointed to an office under the Crown in India or Burma eligible for a pension or gratuity on relinquishing the office,
and to authorise the payment out of revenues of India or Burma of such sums as may become payable therefrom by reason of any of the provisions of the said Act of the present Session."—(Kinģ's Recomtnendation signified.)—[Sir H. O' Neill.]

5.47 p.m.

Mr. Benn

I understand that the purpose of this is to enable the time which is spent in the employment of the Indian Provinces by civil servants of this country to be reckoned as pensionable. I want to ask whether the additional pension which may be payable in respect of that time will fall upon the revenues of this country or on those of India?

5.48 p.m.

Sir H. O'Neill

Perhaps I might deal with that in greater detail when we come to the Bill. I think the position is that a small portion may be payable out of the Indian revenues, but, of course, the great bulk of the money is payable out of the United Kingdom revenues.

Question put, and agreed to.

Resolution to be reported upon Tuesday next.