§ Major HORE-BELISHA
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the average sum of money which the Treasury is called upon to pay per week to pre-War pensioners coming under the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1920, specifying the category of the pre-War pensioner in each case, as a result of fresh pre-1920 pensioners attaining the age of 60 years?
The average number of new cases arising each week from the cause mentioned in the question, and the average additional annual expenditure involved by such weekly addition, are as follow:
Category. Number of cases. Annual amount. £ s. Army 14 173 10 Police (metropolitan only) 7½25 170 0 R.I.C. 4 84 0
No appreciable increase occurs from this cause in the remaining categories of pensioners, but in addition to the above increases there is an average weekly addition, under all the categories put together, of 27 cases, involving an annual expenditure of £300 in respect of such weekly addition, on account mainly of pensioners falling below the means limits by reason of reduced income on retiring from work for old age.