HC Deb 07 March 1934 vol 286 cc1823-4W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that ex-soldier clerks are only given credit for half of their service up to 1920 in computing their pensions; and whether he will arrange to credit them with every year served for this purpose?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative.

 MINERS WELFARE FUND. Statement showing for each Welfare District the amount of the 1931 and 1932 Output Levy paid and the Saleable Output for the years 1931, 1932 and 1933 respectively. — 1931. 1932. 1933.* Levy paid (Due 31st March, 1932). Output—tons. Levy paid (Due 31st March, 1933). Output—tons. Output—tons (approx.). £ £ 1. Fife and Clackmannan … 29,545 7,091,312 9,948 7,333,449 7,502,400 2. The Lothians … 17,796 4,271,061 3,926 4,338,090 4,344,000 3. Lanarkshire … 56,949 13,944,011 32,762 13,372,193 13,502,400 4. Ayrshire … 15,050 3,747,714 12,028 3,736,269 3,648,000 5. Northumberland … 52,078 12,545,951 26,373 12,199,183 12,672,000 6. Durham … 124,329 30,248,224 73,086 27,731,673 27,648,000 7. Cumberland … 5,166 1,460,154 2,696 1,475,397 1,430,400 8. Lancashire and Cheshire … 57,175 14,101,113 29,137 13,232,210 13,104,000 9. North Wales … 12,641 3,114,625 2,736 2,900,716 2,832,000 10. South Yorkshire … 127,160 30,662,843 82,312 28,806,542 28,272,000 11. West Yorkshire … 48,281 11,610,627 33,123 10,786,054 10,176,000 12. Nottinghamshire … 55,040 13,288,513 35,140 12,541,958 12,556,890 13. Derbyshire … 49,707 12,134,224 24,850 11,392,358 10,629,600 14. South Derbyshire … 6,152 1,476,462 3,957 1,344,979 1,288,800 15. North Staffordshire … 22,199 5,361,190 16,713 5,574,803 5,712,000 16. Cannock Chase … 19,637 4,724,832 13,889 4,533,635 4,488,000 17. South Staffordshire and Worcestershire. … 6,008 1,445,685 3,597 1,434,101 1,440,000 18. Leicestershire … 8,115 1,947,670 5,768 1,778,165 1,644,000 19. Warwickshire … 19,791 4,774,180 18,285 4,794,538 4,704,000 20. Shropshire … 2,668 642,243 2,405 656,523 624,000 21. Forest of Dean … 4,727 1,135,487 2,442 1,050,682 1,094,400 22. Somerset … 3,344 802,751 1,823 720,300 686,400 23. Bristol … 665 159,651 602 167,605 158,400 24. South Wales and Monmouthshire. … 152,490 37,086,969 65,988 34,876,692 34,320,000 25. Kent … 6,607 1,585,751 6,767 1,823,883 1,922,400 Total … 903,320 219,363,243 510,353 208,601,998 206,400,000 * The Levy on the 1933 Output is not collectable till 31st March, 1934.

With regard to the second part, the existing practice is in accordance with the normal rule applicable to such classes, and I am unaware of any circumstances which would justify a departure from it.