Officers' Maintenance Fee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 16th February 1922.

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Photo of Major Jack Cohen Major Jack Cohen , Liverpool Fairfield

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether the 4s. 6d. per day maintenance fee which is deducted from officers' pay whilst in hospital is to be refunded them for time spent on Christmas leave?

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

The answer is in the negative. Leave during hospital treatment is necessarily an exceptional arrangement, and the officer is well aware of the conditions upon which it is allowed. My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that during such an interruption of treatment the officer's retired pay is continued at the maximum, irrespective of the actual degree of his disablement assessed.