HC Deb 16 December 1943 vol 395 c1690
69. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is prepared to modify the provisions laid down in the 1834 Superannuation Act relating to the conditions under which retired Government officials are reemployed, in view of the fact that those conditions are less favourable than the conditions granted to recipients of service pensions who are recalled and are, in fact, discouraging retired officials whose experience would be valuable to the State, from accepting re-employment in Government departments?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Assheton)

No, Sir. I have no evidence that present arrangements are having the discouraging effect suggested by my hon. Friend.

Mr. Brown

On what grounds does the Minister justify this extraordinary disparity of treatment between two branches of the Service? Why should there be one rule for the Army and the Navy and another for the Civil Service on precisely the same point?

Mr. Assheton

The circumstances are different. In any case it is not possible to discuss it adequately by Question and answer.

Mr. Brown

I will raise the matter on the Adjournment.