State Pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , West Ham Stratford


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the entire cost of pensions to the nation, taking class by class, and including the fighting services, the Civil Service, the police and the teachers?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The total provision for pensions in the Estimates for 1922–23 is approximately £136,000,000, which may be classified as follows:

War pensions (excluding cost of administration)85,400,000
Old age pensions22,600,000
Pensions to State employés:
Civil Service (including Revenue Departments)5,000,000
Navy, Army and Air Force 19,000,000
Judicial, etc. (Consolidated Fund)160,000
Irish police2,000,000
Pensions to school teachers in Great Britain2,000,000
The last item will be very much greater in subsequent years under the existing scheme of superannuation.

Photo of Mr Alfred Waterson Mr Alfred Waterson , Kettering

May I ask whether perpetual pensions are included in the Army figures?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I am not sure under which category they come. They are included in the general total.