Gratuities (Next-of-Kin).

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Frankel Mr Daniel Frankel , Stepney Mile End

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the gratuity paid to the next-of-kin of a deceased Civil Servant forms part of the estate of the deceased; whether it can be claimed by creditors, including the Inland Revenue Commissioners, when the estate, other than the gratuity, is insufficient to meet such claims; under what statutory authority a gratuity may so be claimed; and whether he will furnish particulars of cases falling under this head affecting the administrators of estates of deceased Civil Servants?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

As the answer is rather long, I will ask my hon. Friend's permission to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

If, as I assume, my hon. Friend is referring to the gratuity payable in respect of an established Civil Servant under Section 2 (1) of the Superannuation Act, 1919, such gratuity is not payable to the next-of-kin as such, but to his legal personal representatives, on receipt by whom it becomes part of the estate of the deceased. The first duty of the executors or administrators is to discharge, out of the estate, any debts owed by the deceased, and as the gratuity forms part of the estate it is available, without special statutory authority, for the payment of debts including those due to the Inland Revenue authorities. I am unable to furnish details of particular cases.