§ Mr. WILKIE
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Stanley H. J. Cadman, who was killed on diving duties whilst employed in His Majesty's dockyard at Chatham as a shipwright on 17th October, 1916; whether he is aware that Cadman served his six years' apprenticeship in His Majesty's dockyard, and up to the time of his death had eight years and seven months' hired time as a journeyman and eight and a half months' established time, a total service of fifteen years and three months, therefore entitling him to 370W the grant of a gratuity under Section 2 (1) of the Superannuation Act, 1909; and will he inquire into the case and arrange for the gratuity provided under the Act quoted to be paid over to the legal personal representatives of Cadman?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Awards under Section 2 (1) of the Superannuation Act, 1909, are permissible only in cases in which a Civil servant has completed five years' pensionable service or upwards. For this purpose, time served as an apprentice is excluded, and half only of unestablished (or hired time) is allowed to count. Cadman served for 8 years 272 days as a hired shipwright and 207 days as an established shipwright. His total pensionable service was therefore 4 years 343 days, which was insufficient to qualify for an award under the Statute in question. I may inform my hon. Friend that an award of £300 as compensation for the death was awarded under the scheme of 1913 framed under the Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906.