§ MR. LEICESTER (West Ham, S.)
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the agreement under which William Kempton, now of 12, Katherine Street, Silvertown, in 1854, joined the Naval Service, entitled him to a pension of sixpence per day after serving ten years; whether he is aware that William Kempton served twelve years, and was then informed that he could not receive his pension until fifty years of age; and 742 that, having now reached that age, he is informed by the authorities at the Admiralty that he is not entitled to such, a pension; and, whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the agreement referred to?
§ THE CIVIL LORD (Mr. R. W. DUFF) (Banffshire)
(who replied) said: No agreement was entered into with William Kempton in 1854 which entitled him to any pension after 10 years' service, nor was he informed he would receive a pension at 50 years of age. He was 11 years, seven months, in the Navy, and 20 years' service is necessary to give a man a claim to pension for service. Should his health fail, he will be considered in respect of assistance from Greenwich Hospital funds.