HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 c654W

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the dissatisfaction which exists amongst asylum workers as to the present form of their superannuation; and whether the Government will support an amending Bill on the general lines of the Asylum Officers' Superannuation (Amendment) Act, 1925, with the addition of permission to female nurses to retire after 25 years' service irrespective of age and male nurses to retire after 30 years' service irrespective of age, with superannuation allowance computed at the rates laid down in Section 3 of this amending Act?


I am not aware of any widespread dissatisfaction of the kind suggested. In accordance with the recommendation of the Departmental Committee on the Superannuation of Local Government Employés I am considering the opening of an actuarial investigation into the position under the Asylums Officers' Superannuation Act, 1909, and the Asylums and Certified Institutions' (Officers' Pensions) Act, 1918. Pending the completion of this investigation I cannot express any opinion as to the possibility of further legislation, but I may observe that the terms of superannuation of asylum officers are very much more liberal than those available to other classes of officers.