HC Deb 19 March 1913 vol 50 c1056W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether a Grant can now be made by the Admiralty for the purpose of paying all men who joined the Royal Navy and Royal Marine forces prior to 1878, who have reached the age of fifty-five years, their 5d. a day augmentation irrespective of physical condition or rate of naval pension; and whether the 5d. a day augmentation to ex-Reserve men under sixty-three years of age who were placed on the Greenwich Hospital Charitable Fund prior to April, 1910, can be now paid out of Naval Votes, and so enable the fund to discharge the debt to many old pensioners who have been waiting for their 5d. a day augmentation from eight to nine years?


The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative. In regard to the class of pensioners referred to in the second part of the question, I can add nothing to the reply which I gave the Noble Lord on 18th July last, except to say that an increasing proportion of the men awarded Greenwich Hospital age pensions prior to April, 1910, would by this time have received the pension from Greenwich Hospital Funds in ordinary course under present conditions.