§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what are the activities of the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship; how many people it employs: and what was the cost to public funds in the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Channon
The rules of the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship states that its objects shall be "to relieve old age, suffering, hardship and distress among its beneficiaries". The fellowship employs a full-time staff of eight at its headquarters office, Local activities, including a visiting service, are carried out by retired civil servants on a voluntary basis. The fellowship received a grant of £66,000 from the Civil Service Department in 1978–79.