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Asylum Officers' Superannuation Act

Volume 245: debated on Thursday 20 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Health on what date it was decided to set up an actuarial investigation into the Asylum Officers' Superannuation Act of 1909; at what date this investigation actually commenced and by what date he expects it to be finished; and if he is aware that the great bulk of asylum workers cannot take any action to rectify the many superannuation anomalies under which they suffer until this investigation is complete?

A decision to set up this investigation was taken in September, 1929, and the intervening period has been occupied by the collection of the necessary data from the institutions concerned. The returns received are before the Government Actuary who will carry out the investigation as quickly as possible. It will necessarily occupy a considerable period, and it is not practicable to fix a date for1 its completion.

In view of the injustice which has been occasioned to asylum workers by the present condition of affairs, can the right hon. Gentleman not do something to speed up this inquiry?

I am prepared to do all that I can, but, as hon. Members know, an actuarial investigation of this kind into a number of societies must take some time.