§ Mr. A. HERBERT
asked the Minister of Pensions in what Royal Warrant or Act of Parliament is it stated that a claim for alternative pension based on the proved earnings of an officer for three years or such lesser period as he engaged in shall be invalidated if his employment was under a contract of service.
§ Major TRYON
Under the terms of Article 30 (5) of the Royal Warrant of 1st August, 1917, the pre-War earnings in the case of an officer, as in the case of a man, are reckoned differently according as he was engaged as a principal in a trade, business of profession, or was an employé under contract of service. In the latter case pre-War earnings are reckoned in accordance with the principles generally of the Workmen's Com- 901W pensation Act, and ordinarily on the officer's average earnings during the twelve months preceding the commencement of the War or such lesser period as the officer was so employed.