§ MR. ARTHUR O'CONNOR (Donegal, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, under what section of the Superannuation Act of 1859 the condition is imposed that sub-postmasters must, as a 705 condition of being entitled to superannuation, have obtained a Civil Service certificate, and have devoted their whole time to the service of the Department.
A Civil Service certificate is required by Section 17 of the Act. In the exercise of the discretion conferred upon them by Section 2 of the Act the Treasury have uniformly declined to recognise any claim to superannuation under that section on the part of persons holding situations in the Civil Service of the State the duties of which are not such as to require that the holder should give his whole time to the public service. Due regard is, of course, paid to the claims of any such persons who might have acquired a claim to superannuation before the Act of 1859.
§ MR. FLAVIN
Can the right hon. Gentleman say if all officials coming under the Civil Services superannuation scheme give their whole time to their duties?