§ General Sir IVOR PHILIPPS
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether a Select Committee of the House of Commons reported in favour of service with K Company, Royal Engineers, being reckoned as pensionable service; whether service in K Company was performed in the Post Office under civilian conditions and civilian control and was followed by established service; whether it is within the power of the Treasury to direct that this service shall count for pension under Section 3 of the Superannuation Act of 1887, and whether, if the Treasury have no statutory authority to count service with K Company for purposes of pension, they will recommend the Government to introduce the necessary amending legislation in accordance with the recommendation of the Select Committee?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my answer of the 26th February. Though the service was in the main spent under civilian conditions and civilian control, it was definitely military service and reckonable for military service if the necessary number of years were given to it, and the Treasury have no power to count it also for civil pension under Section 3 of the Superannuation Act, 1887. For reasons already explained, the Treasury are not prepared to introduce the desired legislation.