§ Mr. PALIN
asked the Minister of Health the number of persons employed as Poor Law officers (England and Wales), asylum and mental deficiency institution officers (England and Wales), local government officers (England and Wales), and officers of local authorities who are subject to pension schemes under local Acts; and will he give distinguishing particulars, if any, of the pensions which are on a contributory basis?
According to the information available, the approximate number of officers and servants in the Poor Law service, the asylum and mental deficiency services, and in service subject to the provisions of the Local Government and Other Officers Superannuation Act, 1922, ale respectively 50,000, 28,000 and 70,000. The superannuation schemes applicable to the above persons are on a contributory basis. No definite information is available as to the number of officers and servants of local authorities subject to contributory pension schemes under local Acts, but the number may be very roughly estimated at 40,000. All the above figures relate to England and Wales.