§ Captain BOWYER
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the claim by retired officers re-employed during the War to have their pensions re-assessed at the new rate of retired pay based on combined pre-retirement and reemployed war service and not, as at present, on their pre-retirement service only; whether he has considered the scheme by which officers, in order to obtain this concession, might be permitted to refund pensions received during the War either by commuting under the official commutation table a portion of their pension at the new rates or by other means most convenient; whether retired officers of the Army who were not reemployed during the War will get their pre-retirement services assessed at the new rates; what then will be the differentiation between those retired officers who served in the War and those who did not; and whether he will take steps to bring into force the re-assessment above asked for?878W
§ Sir A. WILLIAMSON
I am not prepared to consider such a scheme, which involves re-opening a question decided after full consideration by His Majesty's Government. The answer to the third and fifth parts of the question is in the negative, and the fourth part therefore does not arise.