HC Deb 31 March 1949 vol 463 cc1448-9
55. Mr. Keeling

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many civil servants who had become established after a period of temporary service retired last year; and by what total sum the annual pensions payable to them would have been increased if the whole instead of half of their temporary service had counted for pension.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

This information is not available, and its collection would involve disproportionate expenditure of time and labour.

Mr. Keeling

But would the right hon. Gentleman not promise that these and other figures will be available for the Committee considering the Superannuation Bill?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

It is very difficult to form an estimate. It would take a lot of time to get out the figures even for the limited period referred to in the Question. Obviously, when we reach the Committee stage of the Superannuation Bill this matter will be discussed, and then I shall do my best to give the Committee all the information I can collect.

Mr. W. J. Brown

In order to avoid hereafter the necessity for asking for the supply of such figures, would the Financial Secretary undertake on the Superannuation Bill now before Parliament to get rid of the system under which temporary service does not count for pension?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

That, of course, is quite another question.

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