Air Commodore Harvey
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many civil servants retired on pensions exceeding £375 a year since the war ended, and prior to 17th June, 1953; and how many of these have commuted their pensions.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
Exact figures are not available, but I should estimate the number of civil servants who retired on pensions exceeding £375 a year between August, 1945, and June, 1953, at about 5,000. The only form of Civil Service pension which may be commuted is a compensation allowance for abolition of office. Five civil servants who retired with such compensation allowances during the period in question commuted their allowances in part.