HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 cc388-9W
Viscount Suirdale

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the amount of pension payable to a retired police constable or his widow, respectively; and the amount deducted from the police constable's pay in respect of such pensions.

Sir D. Somervell

The Police Pensions Acts provide that a police constable may retire after twenty-five years' service with a pension equal to half his pay and after thirty years' service with a pension equal to two-thirds of his pay. The actual rate of pension depends on whether the constable has earned the two additional increments provided for by the Police Regulations. If he has, the pension payable at twenty-five years' service, on the rates of pay now in force, is £3 1s. 6d. a week and at thirty years' service £4 2s. 0d. a week. Pensions are also payable on retirement on medical grounds after ten years' service, and special pensions on retirement at any time as a result of injury received in the execution of duty.

The widow of a constable ordinarily receives a pension of £30 a year. She receives a pension at the rate of one-third of her husband's pay in the event of his death as a result of non-accidental injury received in the execution of duty. Superannuation deductions are made from a constable's pay at the rate of 5 per cent.