HC Deb 14 July 1965 vol 716 cc67-8W
37. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Attorney-General whether he will give the names of former Lord Chancellors who are entitled to draw the existing £5,000 per annum pension; which of these are drawing it; and how many years of service in the office of Lord Chancellor the present holders of this pension served in this office.

The Attorney-General

The Earl of Kilmuir and Viscount Dilhorne. Only Lord Dilhorne is drawing the pension. Lord Kilmuir was Lord Chancellor from 19th October, 1954 to 16th July, 1962, and Lord Dilhorne from 16th July, 1962 to 17th October, 1964.

Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Attorney-General whether he will publish in HANSARD full details concerning the pensions to former Lord Chancellors since 1951; what is the current pension per annum; and whether in addition such a person is entitled to receive his last year's earnings prior to retirement on a tax free basis.

The Attorney-General

Lord Chancellors Jowitt, Simonds, Kilmuir and Dilhorne have retired since the beginning of 1951.

Earl Jowitt received £3,750 a year from 30th October, 1951 until his death on 16th October, 1957.

Viscount Simonds has never drawn his pension as Lord Chancellor, but was granted a pension as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary on 1st April, 1962 at the rate of £4,500 per annum, when his contingent right to a Lord Chancellor's pension was revoked.

The Earl of Kilmuir drew his pension of £5,000 a year from 16th July to 31st August, 1962, but is not drawing it until further notice.

Viscount Dilhorne has been drawing £5,000 a year since 17th October, 1964.

The current pension is £5,000 per annum. The last year's earnings of a Lord Chancellor prior to retirement from office are subject to tax in the normal way.