§ Mr. Arbuthnot
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the pension of a naval pensioner who served through the war and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of able seaman; and how this compares with an able seaman discharged today.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
In 1945, an able seaman discharged to pension after 22 years' service would have been given the option of a pension of £1 2s. 9d. a week under the 1919 code, or a pension of £.1 6s. 4d. a week under the 1945 code. With subsequent pensions increases and the additions payable, under the 1919 code, at age 55 and 65 he would receive £2 12s. a week, while under the 1945 code (which does not attract age addition), 23W he would receive £1 17s. 9d. a week. An able seaman discharged today after 22 years' service, at about the age of 40, would receive a pension of £2 4s. a week under the 1959 code with effect from 1st April, 1959.