HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 cc2360-1W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will lay upon the Table a copy of the signed statement as to means submitted by Lord George Hamilton and Lord Chaplin when applying for the ex-Cabinet Minister's pension; and if either of them have been asked to make any further declaration, or whether either of them have voluntarily made declaration as to their present means of livelihood?


On the grant of each of these pensions the then First Lord of the Treasury placed on record that he was satisfied that the applicant's circumstances were such as to bring him within the intention of the Act 4 and 5 William IV c. 24. I am not in a position to furnish the statement submitted by the Ministers mentioned at that time. As the hon. Member is aware, it has not been the practice to require subsequent declarations of means after a pension is awarded; but pensioners are required to undertake to surrender their pension in the event of any material improvement of circumstances, and on this ground Lord George Hamilton has asked that payment of his pension may be discontinued as from the 6th proximo. No voluntary declarations of income have been made after the award of a pension.