HC Deb 30 June 1969 vol 786 c34W
Sir N. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will arrange for women members of the Civil Service whose pensions are based on the 1859 Superannuation Act to be given the option of commuting a proportion of their pension for a capital sum; and what are the reasons for refusing this class such facilities hitherto.

Mrs. Hart

The Superannuation Act makes no provision for the commutation of pensions payable on retirement. All women members of the Civil Service earning pensions under the Superannuation Act 1859 were in 1935 given an irrevocable option to adopt the new provisions then introduced, which give rise to a smaller pension and a lump sum additional allowance.