§ Sir T. BRAMSDON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will furnish the following information: how many pre-War pensioners who were in the Navy, Marines, and Admiralty establishments, respectively, have died since the 1st April last; the number who are entitled to the increased pensions and who have received them; the number not entitled to increase of pension owing to the income limit as fixed by the Government; and the total cost of the increased pension granted for the current year?
§ Sir J. CRAIG
The number of pre-War pensioners belonging to the Navy, Marines, and Admiralty establishments who have died since the 1st April last are:—
Navy 472 Marines 124 Admiralty establishments 116
The numbers entitled to increases under the recent scheme, so far as can be estimated from claims received at present, are:
Navy and Marines 11,893 Admiralty establishments 5,260 17,153
Payment has been made in 12,000 of these cases, while awards have been made and payment is about to be authorised in 1,000 others. The remaining 4,000 cases under investigation are mainly those of old-age pensioners or persons otherwise in receipt of more than one pension. The numbers precluded from an increase owing to the income limit fixed by the Government cannot readily be calculated. The total cost for the current financial year of the increased pensions already awarded is approximately £256,225.