HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1228-9W
Captain Plugge

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the pensions of civil servants, which depend on their total emoluments, are calculated to take into account earnings which may be increased as the result of piecework; and, if not, on what grounds it has been decided that emoluments for the purposes of the Superannuation Acts cannot include amounts so earned whilst on piecework?

Captain Crookshank

Under the Superannuation Acts, a civil servant's pension falls to be calculated, not upon his earnings from official sources including casual payments, but upon the salary and emolument's of his office. The latter expression has always been interpreted by the Treasury as meaning the normal salary and emoluments of the officer's grade, disregarding extra amounts earned temporarily by individual officers of that grade. Accordingly, in the case of industrial civil servants who are entitled to regular weekly rates or scales of pay but who may earn larger sums when employed on a piece-work basis, it has been the regular practice to calculate their pensions upon their weekly rates of pay.

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