HC Deb 29 November 1955 vol 546 cc2113-4
38. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will amend Section 20 of the Superannuation Act, 1834, under which the pension of a retired civil servant is suspended during his re-employment.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I am not prepared to make any fundamental change in this Section. The Royal Commission on the Civil Service has considered a minor change and its recommendation—in favour of the status quo—will be considered along with the Commission's other recommendations on Civil Service pensions.

Mr. Ridsdale

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that many retired civil servants are finding it necessary to seek re-employment at a lower level, and that Section 20 of the Superannuation Act, 1834, is not in keeping with the conditions of 1955?

Mr. Butler

I am aware of it. The hon. Member will be aware that the Superannuation Acts were amended to enable a re-employed pensioner to earn up to five extra years of pensionable service in respect of his re-employment.