§ Mr. CROOKS
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the Holt Committee recommended that the whole period of service with K Company, where it is followed by established service in the Post Office, should be treated as Post Office service for the purpose of computing civil pension; whether the Holt 584W Committee was appointed to adjudicate on this and similar questions; and whether he will consult the Law Officers of the Crown as to the legality of the Government's action in refusing to carry out a verdict of this examining body?
§ Brigadier-General WIGAN
asked the Postmaster General why the time of postal servants serving in K Company, Royal Engineers, does not count towards their civil pensions?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
The matter referred to has been carefully considered, and the Treasury are unable to accept the recommendation of the Holt Committee. There can be no question as to the legality of the decision arrived at, and there is, consequently, no need to consult the Law Officers. The Treasury have no power to count for civil pension unpensionable military service in K Company.