§ Mr. DAY
asked the Home Secretary the number of subordinate prison officers who retired with a pension for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; and the number of cases during the same period in which the Prison Commissioners considered in the interests of the service that the officers' services should be continued after they had reached the pensionable age of 55?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
During the 12 months ended 31st December, 1928, the Prison Commissioners reviewed the cases of 287 subordinate prison officers who had attained, or would shortly attain, the age of 55. In 225 of these cases a further continuance of the officers' services was considered to be justifiable in the interests of the service; notice was given to the remaining 62 to retire on varying dates during the ensuing two years. The number of those who actually retired with pensions during the same period was 88. This figure includes some who retired on medical grounds, some who retired voluntarily having attained the pensionable age, and some to whom notice to retire had been given by the Commissioners at an earlier date.