§ Sir WILLIAM BULL
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the widows of the officers who lost their lives on the "Bulwark" are only receiving pensions on peace scale, whilst the widows of the men are receiving pensions on the war scale; and, if so, whether he can see his way to treat the cases of officers' widows on the war scale?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The widows of the men in question are receiving pensions on the war scale. As regards the officers, the award of pensions and allowances to the relatives of naval officers are made on three scales, namely:—
All awards to the relatives of officers who lost their lives in the "Bulwark" have been made on the intermediate scale, but the question of awarding pensions on the scale laid down for the relatives of officers killed in action is at present under consideration.
- (a) The highest scale, which is awarded to the relatives of officers killed in action;
- (b) The intermediate scale, which is awarded to the relatives of officers killed on duty but not in action; and
- (c) The ordinary scale, which is awarded to the relatives of officers whose deaths are not attributable to the Service.