"(1) If a person to whom Section one of this Act applies (being a person who, in order to serve in His Majesty's Forces, ceased to serve as a constable) dies either—
(2) If a person to whom Section one of this Act applies (being a person who, in order to serve in His Majesty's forces, ceased to serve as a fireman) dies either—
(3) If a person to whom Section one. of this Act applies, after ceasing to serve in His Majesty's forces, is prevented, in consequence of wounds or disease received or contracted while so serving, from resuming his service as a constable or fireman, the appropriate pension enactment shall apply in relation to him as if he—
(4) The amount of any pension or allowance payable to any person for any period at the discretion of the appropriate authority by virtue of this Section shall not, when agree gated with the amount of any grant which is also payable for that period to that person out of any naval, military or air force fund in pursuance of any royal warrant or other instrument, exceed—
(5) Where the grant, the amount whereof for any period is to be aggregated for the purpose of the last foregoing Sub-section with the amount of a pension or allowance payable to any person for that period, is a gratuity, the amount of the grant for that period shall be taken to be the amount which would be payable for that period under Part I of the Government Annuities Act, 1929, if the gratuity had been laid out at the date when it became payable in the purchase of an immediate annuity dependent on the life of that person."— [Mr. Peake.]
The Under-Secretary has not dealt with the question of the Ministry of Pensions responsibility for those who are wounded and those who are partially or wholly incapacitated, who, in my submission, should be looked after by the Ministry of Pensions. Can my hon. Friend make any statement on the subject?
That really falls rather outside the scope of the Bill, but in Subsection (4) it is anticipated that there will be a war pension which will fall to be aggregated, and the provision out of the Police and Fire Pensions Funds will be in supplementation of the war pension. Therefore, I think my hon. Friends may assume that the man will be primarily dealt with, as far as disabilities are concerned, by the Ministry of Pensions.
I should like to ask the hon. Gentleman to give further consideration to the Clause, because earlier I drew attention to the fact that if the pension given by the Ministry of Pensions is as much as or more than the pension that he would have received as a fireman, there would be no question of a supplementary grant, but if the pension is less than he would have received as a fireman, there may be a supplementary grant to raise it to that amount. We shall still have the situation that, if the pension is less, one authority may give a supplementary grant to raise it and another may not. I should like the hon. Gentleman to look into it further and see whether something cannot be done to ensure that there will be no irregularity of that kind.
In Sub-section (1) it is made compulsory, and it is also made compulsory in all cases of incapacity under Sub-section (3). It is only in the case of a fireman who dies on active service that supplementation is not made obligatory, and that is on account of the existing statutory difference between the position of a fireman and a police constable.