§ Mr. N. MACLEAN
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, whether, in connection with the consolidation of the pay and war bonus of the Civil Service generally from 1st July, any improvement will take place in pensions previously assessed.
§ Mr. COOPER
Civil Service cost of living bonus was consolidated with pay as from 1st July, 1934, subject to temporary abatement which ceased on 1st July, 1935. Pensions of Civil Servants in receipt of consolidated pay have as from the earlier date been calculated upon the full consolidated pay, except in so far as they fall to be calculated on an average of pay received earlier. As from 1st July, 1934, the pensions of persons in receipt of Civil Service bonus on the sliding scale related to the cost of living who retired between 21st February, 1922, and 31st August, 1931, were increased from a rate appropriate to a cost of living figure of 50 to a rate appropriate to a cost of living figure of 55. Section 12 of the Superannuation Act, 1935, provides for a corresponding increase of pension in the case of similar officers who retired between 1st September, 1931, and 30th June, 1934. It also provides that superannuation awards to similar officers retiring on or after 1st July, 1934, which have been calculated upon their average pay for the last three years, including bonus at a rate appropriate to a cost of living figure of 50 for the period prior to 1st July, 1934, shall be re-assessed as if such bonus had been paid at a rate appropriate to a cost of living figure of 55. Directions have been given for the reassessment of such awards accordingly as from 1st July, 1934, or the date of retirement, whichever is later.