§ Mr. HAYDAY
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is aware that, in spite of promises made and assurances given, no improvement has been effected in the pensions of superannuated railway servants who retired before or during the period of Government control of the railways; and whether, in view of the Resolution passed by this House on 2nd March, 1920, in favour of these pensions being raised to meet the increased cost of living, he will make representations to the railway companies on the matter?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I have no precise information as to the steps taken by the various railway companies to improve the pensions of superannuated railway servants who retired before or during the period of Government control of the railways, but I understand that some of the railway companies are paying sums supplementary to the amounts which such pensioners are entitled to receive from the various superannuation funds. The position of the Government in relation to these funds was fully explained when the Resolution to which the hon. Member refers was under discussion. The Minister has no power to intervene in the matter, but I am forwarding a copy of the hon. Member's question and this reply to the Railway Companies' Association.