HC Deb 19 March 1923 vol 161 c2128W

asked the President of the Board of Trade on what grounds a pension was paid to a clerk at Trinity House who had been sentenced to three months' imprisonment for embezzlement of lighthouse funds and dismissed from his employment?

Viscount WOLMER:

The Board of Trade sanctioned the grant of a reduced pension in the case referred to in view of representations made to them by the Elder Brethren of the Trinity House, and were influenced in according their sanction under Section 665 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, by the fact that the clerk in question had been in the service of the Trinity House for 42 years, is in an unsatisfactory state of health and he and his wife are without means. The Elder Brethren propose to administer the reduced pension at their own discretion for the benefit of their late employéand his wife, and the amount which he misappropriated has been deducted in full in assessing the reduced pension and reduced allowance.