Civil Service (Pensions Payments)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

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Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will give Civil Service pensioners the option to receive their pensions monthly or quarterly.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

They already have this option, and are so informed when they retire.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

Is that option universal?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

Yes, Sir. I have a copy of the form here. Those who complete it are asked to say at what intervals they would like payments to be made.

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

Can they subsequently alter that option, or is it irrevocable?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

I do not think so. On the other hand, it would be silly if they were given the opportunity of changing their minds every few weeks.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

If there is hardship in cases where a person has to wait three months for money which is paid in arrear, could the option be changed?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

Certainly. If an individual concerned asks first for payment to be made quarterly and then finds he prefers it monthly, we are quite willing to pay him monthly.