§ Mr. BAKER
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether established and unestablished civil servants in Southern Ireland who retired on pension before the passing of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, and similar officers who retired after that Act, were granted the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1920; and whether they will be given the benefit of the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Bill of 1924?
I have been asked to answer this question. Civil servants who retired on pension prior to the 16th August, 1920, after service in Ireland, receive their pensions from moneys provided by Parliament and are, therefore, eligible, if otherwise qualified, for increase of pension under the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1920; and they will also be eligible, subject to the prescribed conditions, for the increases proposed to be granted under the Pensions (Increase) Bill, 1924. The Pensions (Increase) Act, 1920, does not apply to any pensions granted after the 16th August, 1920, the date of its passing.