Mercantile Marine (Pensions).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1931.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he intends to propose legislation for a contributory pension scheme for officers of the royal mercantile marine; and will he state the nature of the proposed scheme?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

The answer is in the negative, but proposals for a voluntary scheme are under discussion by certain of the interests concerned.

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Officers Merchant Navy Federation has prepared a contributory pension scheme, and, in the event of it being acceptable, will the Board of Trade assist in its administration by arranging for the deduction of the contributions at source?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

Yes, that is one of the bodies interested in a voluntary scheme. I should like to add that if they formed a sound voluntary scheme the Board would have great pleasure in giving it such encouragement as was within their power.