§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of a civil service pension started their service prior to 1949. 
§ Mr. Alexander
I have been asked to reply.
This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Arrangements for the extraction of information from the civil service pensioner payroll database and subsequent investigation of individual pensioner files by former employing Departments would be necessary to identify those with pre-1949 service, including those whose service was in an unestablished (ie temporary) capacity.318W