§ Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can state what sum was spent on the administration of the Greenwich Hospital funds for the year 1909–10; what proportion it bore to the expenditure on actual pensions; and whether the payment of pensions to officers and to widows is authorised under the scheme?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The cost of administration at the Admiralty for the year 1909–10 was £4,079 10s., or somewhat less than 3 per cent. of the actual expenditure on pensions—£137,488 15s. 11d. The payment of pensions to officers is authorised by the Greenwich Hospital Act of 1865 (Act 28 and 29 Vict., c. 89), and of pensions to widows by the Greenwich Hospital Act of 1883 (46 and 47 Vict., c. 32).