Civil Service (War Dependants' Pensions).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what payments are made to the widow of a civil servant who dies as the result of his service in the Armed Forces, over and above the standard pension payable by the Ministry of Pensions?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

There is no pension payable to the widow of a civil servant as such, but a gratuity ranging from 12 to 18 months' pay is payable to the legal personal representatives of an established civil servant of five years, or more, service. In the case of an unestablished civil servant with at least 15 years' service, a gratuity at the rate of one week's pay for each year served is payable to his dependants. These payments are made irrespective of whether the death occurred while the officer was serving with the Forces, or while he was in civil employment.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

How is it that in the case of civil servants their previous service entitles their widows to additional payments if they are killed whereas that rule does not apply in the case of flag officers from the Retired List who are now on active service for the duration of the war?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

The question of flag officers is another matter. I was dealing with civil servants.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend consider the principle involved?