§ Mr. T. GRIFFITHS
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of ex-civil servants in receipt of pension and/or superannuation allowances, and the annual charge to the Exchequer?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
The number of ex-civil servants in receipt of pensions is approximately 49,100, and the annual cost1326W of their pensions £6,112,000. In addition, lump sum payments are made to or in respect of established civil servants on retirement from or death in the service. The total provision for such payments in the Estimates for the current financial year is about £1,750,000. The above totals include about £130,000 per annum which is recoverable from Northern Ireland by deduction from the residuary share of reserved taxes, and about £120,000 which is repayable by the Irish Free State Government.