asked the Minister of Labour why men who have passed from the employment of public authorities to super- annuation in some cases lose the whole of their superannuation allowance if they accept employment under a local authority, even in the Defence services; and whether he will take steps to alter this system which is detrimental to the national effort in wartime?
Where superannuated persons who have been employed by public authorities undertake further employment, the reduction or suspension of their allowance is legally governed by the provisions of the enactment under which the particular pension scheme is administered. Apart from the case which my hon. Friend has brought to my notice, I have no evidence to show that this system deters superannuated persons from offering their services in the war effort.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this system governs, I believe, all employees of the City of London, to give only one example, and that in the case to which I drew his attention the man is now unoccupied although he is a trained man and would be willing for remuneration to give his services?
The difficulty is that this covers also all in the Civil Service. It covers a very wide field of superannuation schemes which are embodied in all kinds of legislation, including the Municipal Corporations Act and a number of other private schemes. It is a wide subject, with which I cannot deal adequately in answer to a Question.
As to whether we can do anything, my hon. Friend will appreciate that this matter is not the concern only of my Department, and I will consult my colleagues to see whether any steps can be taken to deal with the matter.